.OFT File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .OFT file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

OFT File Recovery

What is a .OFT file?

E-mail template used by Microsoft Outlook, a popular e-mail client for Windows; contains a pre-formatted layout that can be used for creating custom messages with a similar look and feel; may also be saved as an Outlook "form," which includes a script that runs when the file is opened.

What Are Common Causes of ".OFT" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes of ".OFT" files being lost or experiencing failure. Some of these causes include:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".OFT" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer.
  2. File system corruption: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or corruption, can lead to the loss or failure of ".OFT" files.
  3. Virus or malware infection: If the computer is infected with a virus or malware, it can corrupt or delete ".OFT" files along with other important data.
  4. Software or application issues: Problems with the software or application used to create or open ".OFT" files can result in their loss or failure. This can include software crashes, compatibility issues, or bugs.
  5. Hardware failure: If there is a hardware failure, such as a hard drive malfunction or data corruption on storage devices, it can lead to the loss or corruption of ".OFT" files.
  6. Improper file handling: Mishandling or improper manipulation of ".OFT" files, such as forceful closure of applications or improper saving procedures, can cause data loss or file corruption.
  7. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working with ".OFT" files can result in their loss or failure if they were not properly saved or backed up.
  8. Human error: Human error, such as accidental formatting of storage devices, mistakenly overwriting ".OFT" files, or improper file transfers, can also lead to their loss or failure.

To prevent the loss or failure of ".OFT" files, it is recommended to regularly backup important files, use reliable antivirus software, practice safe file handling procedures, and keep software and applications up to date.

How to recover lost ".OFT" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".OFT" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".OFT" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".OFT" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".OFT" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".OFT" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".OFT" extension?

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Programs that open ".OFT" files

File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Outlook 2019 Microsoft Outlook 2019
File Viewer for Android File Viewer for Android

Additional Information

  • File type: Outlook File Template

  • File extension: .OFT

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Data Files

  • Format: N/A

  • HEX: D0 CF 11 E0 A1 B1 1A E1 00

  • ASCII: РП.а...б


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is a ".OFT backup" file and how is it created?

    A ".OFT backup" file is a backup file format used by Microsoft Outlook to store email templates. OFT stands for Outlook File Template.

    An OFT backup file is created by exporting an email template from Microsoft Outlook. Here's how you can create an OFT backup file:

    1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
    2. Click on the "File" tab in the top-left corner.
    3. Select "Options" from the left sidebar.
    4. In the Outlook Options window, click on "Mail" from the left sidebar.
    5. Scroll down to the "Save messages" section.
    6. Click on the "Save As" button.
    7. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the OFT backup file.
    8. Give the file a name and select the "Outlook Template (*.oft)" file format from the drop-down menu.
    9. Click the "Save" button.

    Once you follow these steps, Outlook will create an OFT backup file that contains the email template. This backup file can be used to restore the template or import it into another Outlook account.

  • How can I restore a ".OFT backup" file to its original format?

    To restore a ".OFT backup" file to its original format, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Microsoft Outlook on your computer.
    2. Click on the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the Outlook window.
    3. Select "Open & Export" from the left-hand sidebar.
    4. Choose "Open Outlook Data File" from the options.
    5. Browse to the location where the ".OFT backup" file is saved and select it.
    6. Click on the "Open" button.

    By following these steps, Outlook will open the ".OFT backup" file, and it will be restored to its original format. You should be able to access the contents of the file, including any emails, contacts, or other data that were backed up.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to open and access the contents of a ".OFT backup" file?

    A ".OFT backup" file is typically associated with Microsoft Outlook. To open and access the contents of a ".OFT backup" file, you will need Microsoft Outlook or a compatible software that can read and import Outlook files.

    Here are the steps to open a ".OFT backup" file in Microsoft Outlook:

    1. Launch Microsoft Outlook.
    2. Go to the "File" tab in the top-left corner.
    3. Click on "Open & Export" and then select "Open Outlook Data File."
    4. Browse to the location where the ".OFT backup" file is saved and select it.
    5. Click on "OK" to open the file.
    6. The ".OFT backup" file will be added to your Outlook folder list, and you can access its contents from there.

    If you don't have Microsoft Outlook, you can try using third-party software that supports opening and importing Outlook files. Some popular alternatives include Mozilla Thunderbird, eM Client, or Stellar Converter for OST (for converting OST files to PST).

    Note: ".OFT backup" files are typically used for email templates in Outlook, so the contents of the file may be a pre-formatted email template rather than actual email messages.

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