Is there a way to retrieve my email history after I’ve deleted them?
Chances are by the time you have to ask, probably not. There are several
settings in various email programs that can help, but you do have to set them
up before you process your email in order to get their benefit.
Let’s review a couple of the common ones. Perhaps they’re already set, and
you can retrieve what you’re looking for.
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First, many programs have recycle bins. Much like Windows, if you delete an
email, it gets placed in the Recycle Bin instead of “really” being deleted. The
Recycle Bin gets emptied either when you explicitly do it, or if the option is
set automatically when you exit your email program. Have a look in your
Recycle Bin if you have one.
Some email programs can be configured to automatically save sent messages.
Outlook, for example, has a separate “Sent Mail” folder that keeps a copy of
every message you send – if you’ve turned it on. Many email programs have
Email programs that support “rules” or actions that can be taken when email
arrives can be configured to save a copy of incoming email as well.
Finally, another option particularly useful if you’re traveling is the
option to “leave messages on server”. Normally when you download your email,
it’s removed from the server that was holding it. As it implies, you can
instruct many email programs to leave the messages on the server, often
specifying an optional length of time before they’re automatically deleted. If
the messages have been left on the server, you can typically use a different
email program, or webmail access, to view the messages again.
The bad news is that most of these items are optional and most default to
being turned off. So if you haven’t turned them on, your delete may in fact
have permanently deleted the message.