This article was previously published under Q238567
For a Microsoft Outlook 2002 version of this article, see 281085.
For Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000, if you delete the Outlook icon from the desktop, there is no interface to restore the icon back to the desktop. You cannot recover the icon by right-clicking the desktop and using the Undo Delete menu item.
For Outlook 97, the above is also true if you removed the Inbox icon from the desktop and converted the Outlook shortcut to a permanent desktop icon using the Chnginbx.exe utility from the Office 97 compact disc in the Valupack\Patch folder or from the following Microsoft Web site:
For additional information about the Chnginbx.exe utility, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
160297 OL97: How to Change Inbox Icon to Start Microsoft Outlook 97
When you attempt to delete the Outlook icon from the desktop, a Confirm Delete dialog box appears with one of the following messages:
Microsoft Outlook cannot be stored in the Recycle Bin. Are you sure you want to delete Microsoft Outlook from your desktop?After you remove this icon from your desktop you can still access the files in this folder: C:\Program Files \Microsoft\Office\Office\ Are you sure you want to delete Microsoft Outlook from your desktop?
Microsoft Outlook cannot be stored in the Recycle Bin. Are you sure you want to delete Microsoft Outlook from your desktop?
It is possible to restore the icon by adding a key in the Registry.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows