How to create new PST file in Outlook?

PST file stands for Personal Storage Table. It is used to save the copy of Outlook emails, contacts, events, reminders, etc., on the user’s computer. This helps Microsoft Outlook users to access and work on emails and other Outlook items even with no internet connection.

There are various reasons why one might create a new PST file. For example, After repairing a corrupt PST file, you can create a new PST to import the recovered items from the Lost and Found folder to the desired location, creating archives or backups from your Outlook account, etc.

How to create new PST file in Outlook?

Find out the easiest way of creating a new PST file on any version of Outlook including the latest Outlook 2019.

  1. Open Outlook and select the Home tab
  2. Click on the New Items drop-down menu option > More Items > and click Outlook Data File.
    creating Outlook Data file

  3. Select the location of your choice. And provide a name to your new PST file in the File name box and click OK.
    save new PST file
  4. You can set the password to your PST file by checking or marking the Add Optional Password.
    Note: You need to log in each time when you open Outlook after you set the password. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to find a PST file?

Depending on your Windows operating system, you can paste the following path in the Windows search box to locate the PST file.

A) For Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10->

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\

B) For Windows XP->

C:\Documents and Settings\ Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\

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2. How to Remove PST file?

Open Outlook > Click on File > Select Account Settings option and then again Account Settings > Choose Data Files tab > Select the PST file which you want to remove > Click on the Remove > Click Yes to confirm removing PST file.
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How to create new PST file in Outlook? was last modified: August 9th, 2021 by Tony Landry

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