Not all of us know that Outlook stores all messages, calendars, and other data items locally on the computer in a PST file. Knowing the Outlook PST file location is very important as it can come in handy while we move Outlook to new computer.
But finding that PST file is not easy. If you’re an Outlook user and can’t find your PST file here is a step by step tutorial on how to find PST file location on your computer.
What is a PST file
If you’ve been using Outlook for at least one month, you would have heard about the PST file. PST – personal storage table, is a file format that Outlook uses to store copies of mailbox, calendar events, contacts and more on your computer. A PST file is generally used for archiving old emails or as backup.
You may also hear about OST files which similar to a PST file, but are generally used as offline storage of email, it helps to keep a synchronized copy of the server data. So standard POP3 or IMAP account use PST file to store Outlook data, while Exchange account may use both of them.
How to find your Outlook Data File (PST)?
The location of PST file differs with the different version of Outlook. But you can easily find the current PST file by using Outlook itself.
Before that let me list out the default location of PST file. By default, PST file is saved in Users folder regardless of the Windows version you use. To locate all the PST file type the following entry in the address bar or CMD command.
For Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10->
For Windows XP->
Drive:\Documents and Settings\ Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\
If you can’t see the Outlook data file in these locations, here is a detail process for finding .pst file from Outlook which will depend on the Microsoft Outlook version you are using.
For Outlook 2007 or previous versions
Open the File Menu and choose Data File Management,
For Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016
- Go to File tab
- Next click on Account settings, further it will display Account Settings window
- From there, click on Data Files tab which will show Outlook data files you have.
- Note: If you have more than one account it will display according to the number of accounts.
- Either you can choose to view settings for each file or you can select Open File Location to open the Outlook data folder
For Hotmail accounts it may show that they are not available. And at last browse through the Outlook data folder that you want see.
Well, knowing the exact location of Outlook PST file can help you in a lot of ways. If you have been using outlook for years, then your PST file might have grown so big that it can slow down Outlook or may display unknown errors. With a bit more knowledge about Outlook data files, you can resolve most of the issues by yourself. And in case you fall into any trouble such as Outlook data files are not accessible, corrupted or damaged; you can use Remo PST Repair Tool that will help you to resolve most of Outlook problems.
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