“I have a problem with my Outlook. I can't find a folder containing multiple essential files, is there any way I can recover lost folder in Outlook?”

Microsoft is built to ease the use of files as it helps users connect email accounts, calendars and files in one simple place. When many folders are packed up in one confined area, it then becomes very easy for users to lose folders due to a folder mix up, accidental deletion or even file corruption. On this page, we'll show you how to find lost folder in Outlook easily.

How to Find Lost Folders in Outlook?

If you've got lots of folders in MS Outlook, it is possible that you mistakenly moved a folder to another location; hence you are unable to find it. There are many situations that this can happen, below we'll list out the most probable scenarios and solutions to find and recover lost folder in Outlook.

Scenario 1: Folder Lost During Dragging and Dropping

If you try to drag and drop files, a folder may have been moved under another folder. When this happens, the folder may seem lost but was just stored as a sub-folder.


If you can't find a folder due to the above scenario, all you need to do is check on the downward arrow to expand all folders, check for the missing folder then move it back to its original location.

Scenario 2: If the Folder is Not Lost During Dragging and Dropping

If you try the above solution and you still don't find your folder, then that your lost folder is not caused by dragging and dropping. In this case follow the steps below.


Step 1: Right-click on the Outlook mailbox.

Step 2: Select the "data file properties option”.

data file properties option

Step 3: On the "Outlook Today dialog box," choose 'folder size' option. This will list out all the folders of Outlook, with all relevant information including its location.

outlook folder size

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Step 4: Check for the lost folder and move it back to its original location.

Scenario 3: Items of Lost in Outlook Are Known

If you know the items that are contained in the lost folder, then you can find the folder by using the mail-box search.


Step 1: Double-click on all Outlook items option in the scope section below the home tab.

all outlook items

Step 2: Press CTRL + SHIFT+ F to open the advanced find dialog box.

advanced find

Step 3: Choose any Outlook option in "look for field".

Step 4: Type in the item name in "search for the word" field and click on "find now".

Step 5: The details of the item with its folder name will be displayed.

Step 6: Determine the folder where the item is stored and check for the lost folder, then move it back to its original folder.

How to Recover Lost Folder in Outlook?

If the lost folder was not deleted, but you couldn't find it, then the above solutions would help you find the missing folder. What your lost folder in Outlook is due to accidental deletion or file corruption? This is where you need iMyFone's ScanOutlook as your best option to restore Outlook folder lost in such scenarios.

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How to Recover Lost Folder in Outlook with ScanOutlook

Step 1.
Launch ScanOutlook on your PC.

Step 2.
Select the files you wish to repair/recover by choosing one of the 3 options available in the file selection dialogue.

  • The first option, select default PST/OST, this will automatically load the Outlook files in the default location. Then you can select the file to repair.
  • You can use the "Select PST/OST Manually" option if you know the location of the missing file or you can click the "Search" button if you don't know the location.
  • Hit "Browse" to select a folder and click "Search" to search for all Outlook files in the folder.

Step 3.
Click on "Repair" to start the process of repairing your files.

Step 4.
Preview recovered files, then choose a format and location to save the file, then click "Export" button to save the files successfully.


Lost folder in Outlook? Now you know the simple steps to find lost folder in Outlook and also how to recover and repair lost or damaged Outlook files using iMyFone ScanOutlook no matter how you lost them. We hope you found this piece helpful.

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