I’m now using Outlook Express for all my email. But I can’t find the sent
mail folder! I used to use Yahoo mail and could click on “sent mail” and all
the messages I sent were there. How do I find my sent items when using Outlook
My first reaction to this question was … “well, it’s right there in front
But of course I was wrong. It’s quite possible to have Outlook Express set
up such that the Sent Items folder is quite well hidden. And then it’s not at
all obvious how to get it back.
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The “trick”, so to speak, is to make sure that the folder list pane is
To do that, click on the View menu,
Layout… menu item, and you should see a dialog much like
The item to pay attention to is the one called Folder List.
Make sure that is checked and press OK.
Once you do so Outlook Express will display the folder list in the upper
And there you’ll note that the Sent Items folder is
visible. (Outbox, also visible, is different – that contains
items for which you’ve pressed the Send button, but haven’t actually been sent
yet, or are in the process of being sent.)
There’s one more important setting that’s also easily overlooked.
Outlook Express only actually puts things into your Sent Items folder if you
tell it to.
Hit the Tools menu, Options item, and then
click on the Send tab at the top of the dialog box. You should
see something like this:
The arrow points to the setting we care about: make sure that “Save
copy of sent messages in the ‘Sent Items’ folder” is checked.