Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How to search and add an existing Outlook PST file

Sometimes it happens that a user is not able to find the existing .pst file, then he/she needs to search for the .pst file. Moreover, if you want to add an existing or an old .pst file to your Outlook profile then first you have to find the location of .pst file on your system. To search the .pst file and to know how to add it to your Outlook, you need to follow the below mentioned steps:

Steps to find and add and existing .pst file:

1.  Search your computer for .pst file as mentioned below -

Windows Vista: Go to Start → Computer and in the top right corner, locate Search window.
Windows XP: Go to Start button and then click Search.
Microsoft Windows 2000 or ME: Go to Start → Search and then click Files or Folders.
Microsoft Windows 95 or 98: Go to Start → Find and then click on Files or Folders.

2.  Type *.pst, press ENTER or click on Find Now. Check and note the location of .pst file that you want to add to Outlook.

3.  Exit from search window and open Outlook. In Outlook, go to File menu → Data File Management.

4.  Click on Add button to select the correct .pst file to add.
Note: Select Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst), if .pst file was created in Outlook 2007. Select Outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders File (.pst) in case .pst file was created in an old version of Outlook.

5.  Go to the desired .pst file location that you have searched and found in above steps. Select .pst file and click OK.

6.  You can enter the desired name for .pst file or can use the default name as mentioned. Click Ok and click close to exit the current window. Now Outlook will show that .pst file in the Outlook folder list.

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