How to find a folder you accidently moved in Outlook

Have you accidentally moved a folder in Outlook and can’t find it anymore?

If you are like many of us, chances are high that you are using Outlook for your work and private life daily. With lots of information coming in constantly, staying organized in Outlook can be quite a challenge. Anyone who works with Outlook sooner or later starts creating additional folders and subfolders. In order not to lose track of things, hours are spent every day moving emails from one folder to the next – and back again. However, if you accidentally move an entire folder with all this back and forth, good advice is hard to come by: Searching for Outlook folders is not possible with the built-in search function. Now, you can either click through the entire folder structure until you have found the moved folder – depending on the complexity, however, this can be a very time-consuming undertaking – or you can use our step-by-step guide to search for Outlook folders.


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Find a specific folder in Outlook – Step by Step


You don’t have to go through each folder individually to find your lost folder!


Step 1: Right-click next to your inbox, then choose Properties

Step 2: Click the Folder Size field in the new window. Outlook now lists all folders and sub-folders in your mailbox by name. Once you have found the folder you are looking for in the list, you only have to look at the folder path and you will already know where the missing folder has ended up.

Search for an item with Instant Search

Another method to search for a lost folder is with the Instant Search. Note that you have to remember the name of an item that was in the folder to use this method.

If you still know of an item that was in that folder, doing a mailbox-wide search for it will also allow you to reveal which folder the message is in.

Step 1: Enter a keyword from the email you remember in the Outlook Instant Search bar. It is important to select All Outlook Items.

Step 2: Open the message separately by using a double click.

Step 3: Press Ctrl-Shift-F to open Advanced Find.

Step 4: By pressing the Browse Button, it should reveal the full path to the email.

Search Outlook with Lookeen

Instead of the conventional Windows search, you can also use an alternative desktop and Outlook search tool such as Lookeen. The principle remains the same, but Lookeen works faster and more reliably: Thanks to real-time indexing and extended search parameters, Lookeen is the perfect search solution if you are looking for Outlook folders.


With these steps, you should be able to easily find your moved or lost folder. If you have any unanswered questions, please feel free to use the comment function. I look forward to your feedback!


See you soon!


Aline & the Lookeen team

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  • M

    Excellent. Thank you.

    2023-03-1 23:06:16 | Mark
    • F

      Hi there,

      I am glad that we could help


      2023-04-13 16:46:22 | Froher Yosofy

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