Delete and Restore Contacts in Outlook - dummies

Delete and Restore Contacts in Outlook

By Faithe Wempen

With Outlook, you don’t have to tear pages out of a paper address book to get rid of a person’s information; just delete the contact.

Deleted contacts go to the Deleted Items folder in Outlook until the next time you empty the Deleted Items folder, so you can retrieve them from there if you make a mistake. In this exercise, you delete a contact and then retrieve it from the Deleted Items folder.

  1. Click the contact to select it.

  2. Press the Delete key or click the Home tab and then the Delete button.

  3. If the Folder pane is minimized, click the arrow in the upper-right corner of it to expand it to normal size.

  4. At the bottom of the Navigation pane, click the More button (. . .) and click Folders.

    The Navigation pane changes to show the Folder pane.

  5. In the Folder pane, click Deleted Items, as shown in the figure.

    If you see the deleted contact on the list, skip to Step 7. Otherwise, continue to Step 6 to find it.


  6. Click in the Search text box and type ACME. Press Enter.

    The list of deleted items is filtered to show items containing that word. The deleted contact is included on that list.

  7. Drag the contact to the Contacts folder in the Navigation pane and drop it there.

    It is moved from the Deleted Items folder back to the Contacts folder.

  8. Click the Contacts folder in the Navigation pane to display its contents.

    Note that the ACME contact is restored.