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How can I retrieve rejected mail I sent?

805 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 12, 2012 9:25 AM by Joey C 2 RSS
Joey C 2 Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Jun 11, 2012 5:38 PM

My wife typed a very long email message, but did not have the recipient's address correct.  Immediately upon sending it, she got the form Unable to Send information.  She looked in her Sent folder, but I guess since the message was not technically sent, it does not appear.  Is there any way to retrieve the very long email she typed rather than starting over?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    Jun 11, 2012 7:49 PM (in response to Joey C 2)

    It should be found in the Outbox.  That box is normally hidden, but when a message is stopped, fails to be sent or is saved as a draft, it becomes visible, so that message can be accessed.  Of course, it's possible your wife selected an option that deleted the message when she got the "unable to send" alert.  (I'm not sure off the top of my head what the options are.)

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)
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    Jun 11, 2012 8:30 PM (in response to Joey C 2)

    If the message actually sent, then it should be in the Sent mailbox, even it it got rejected afterwards. Check the Mail settings and make sure it's set to save sent messages.


    If it's an IMAP account, you might check the IMAP sent folder or the webmail site for it if you have it storing sent messages on the server.


    And I did test this by sending a message to a fake address. Sent message was in the Sent Mailbox and immediate failure message came in.

    Also note that at the bottom of the failed message was the text I sent.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:01 AM (in response to Joey C 2)

    I understand the message was sent and that's why I said it should be in the Sent mailbox.


    I used ATT email for test. That was my experience. AOL may work differently on content of the returned failed message.

    As for why it doesn't appear in the sent mailbox, I can't explain that. It should have been there. I guess it's possible that AOL works a bit differently where you only get a sent message if it successfully reaches a ligetimate address.


    If you are storing draft messages on the server, then maybe check the draft mailbox in the IMAP draft folder or website. It could have gotten copied as a draft while you were composing.

    If you don't store drafts on the server, once a message is sent, the temporary draft gets deleted. Your message sent, so you will have no local draft saved.


    Other than that, there is no way to retrieve it.


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