In Microsoft Outlook mailing lists are called as distribution lists. You can create a distribution list and use it to send an e-mail to a group of people easily and simultaneously. A distribution list only keeps track of e-mail addressees. At times, you might end up accidentally deleting your distribution list, which is a very common problem. The moment you hit the Delete button, it deletes the entire list not just a single contact without flashing a warning message. You can recover the list from the Deleted Items folder, just like you recover any other deleted item. If you are using a personal account and empty your Deleted Items folder, the list will be permanently deleted when you close Outlook. However, if you are connected to an Exchange server and you have emptied your Deleted Items, you can still perform deleted email recovery.
If you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, 2003 or 2000, then Microsoft Outlook 2007 facilitates a way to recover deleted distribution list even if you delete it permanently. But, this depends on the retention time specified by your Exchange administrator. If you cannot recover distribution list before the time elapses, then you might have to rely on third-party deleted mail recovery software.
Here are the steps which you should consider to recover a distribution list once you empty the Deleted Items folder:
In the Deleted Items folder, click Recover Deleted Items on the Tools menu
Locate the distribution list and then click Recover Selected Items
In the main message list, drag the distribution list to the Contacts button at the bottom of the Navigation pane
If you are unable to view the distribution list in the Recover Deleted Items dialog box, You might not be able to recover it using the above-mentioned steps. Moreover, if you elapse the retention period or use a home account, you won't be able to recover the distribution list once it vanishes from Deleted Items folder.
To tackle such issues and recover your vital distribution list, you must consider grabbing a professional deleted mail recovery software. Such tools scan a PST file by employing sophisticated algorithms and extract deleted items in an efficient manner.
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