If the location field contains a path to a file that has the file name extension pst outlook stores new messages contacts appointments and other data in a pst file on your hard disk to back up the data see the how to make a backup copy of a pst file section.

However after exchange server disasters and crashes one can recover their mailbox data and convert ost to pst file easily move outlook data files with remo outlook backup and migrate extracting outlook data and moving it to another location or higher outlook version manually is quite challenging and risky.

Personally i rsquo d like to keep my pst files in a folder called outlook which is a subfolder of the documents folder in order for outlook to default to that location when opening a pst file or creating a new one you can make a change in the registry in a similar way you can change the default location for ost files used by exchange outlook com and imap accounts.

These pst files are used for imap pop3 and web based mail accounts now the question that arises in the users rsquo mind is where these files get saved in outlook default location of pst file in outlook the location of pst files vary according to different versions of ms outlook in outlook 2010 and 2007 pst files are saved in appdata folder.

Outlook also stores all ost files in that same appdata location regardless of what outlook version you rsquo re running starting with outlook 2013 the location of pst files moved to the documents folder outlook 2013 and 2016 now store pst files at the following location c users username documents outlook files.

Close the registry editor and restart microsoft outlook application from now on when you set up a new email account outlook will automatically create a new pst file in the new default location this method won rsquo t affect the location of existing pst files if you want to change the location of existing pst file follow these steps.

The location of the outlook pst file on windows 11 10 is c users appdata local microsoft outlook where c is the system drive where you installed the outlook app.

Summary an outlook data file pst consists of your messages and other outlook items and is saved on your computer if you have more than one outlook email account you will also have multiple outlook data files outlook users are generally concerned about their large amount of data that is difficult to manage although pst files aren rsquo t bound by size limitations.

Through this guide you can find the location of scanpst exe tool and fix the corrupt pst file in windows outlook 2019 2016 2013 2010 and 2007 versions also what you can do if the scanpst exe isn rsquo t found or fails to fix the pst file corruption.

Outlook 2010 or later versions functionality is supported when networked pst or ost files are used under the following conditions a high bandwidth low latency network connection is used theres single client access per file one outlook client per pst or ost.

With this utility user can manage the outlook pst data regarding archive folder full in outlook without deleting any data file in outlook it is one of the best pst splitting tools that are able to split oversized pst data file in outlook 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 and other versions in few simple steps.

Outlook will now nag that it cant find the pst file and allows you to browse to the new location point outlook to it and youre done locations of the pst file of course you rsquo ll need to know the current location of the pst file fist you can get an overview of your currently connected pst files via outlook 2007 file data file management.

Until microsoft outlook 2013 pst files were also used for imap or mapi accounts however starting with outlook 2016 the client stores all your emails and appointments from imap and mapi accounts in an offline storage table ost file ost files automatically synchronize with the email server as long as you have an internet connection.

The default location is c documents and settings local settings application data microsoft outlook the default file name is my outlook data file 1 pst note its recommends that you first create a folder outside of the default outlook directory to save your pst files e g c outlook files this is important to easily locate your pst.

Importing pst files using the outlook import wizard outlook has a built in feature called the import and export wizard running the import wizard is by far the most convenient way for users to import pst into outlook it imports all or selected data from a pst file into the mailbox configured in outlook.

By default pst and ost data files are stored in the system drive inside the documents folder that is why you can specify this folder as the directory for saving the recoveredmicrosoft outlook files and using them to replace the existing damaged files or adding the recovered files to the directory if certain elements are missing when you.

You can delete the old ost files from the previous location method 3 conversion of ost file if you want to move outlook data file ost to another location then first you need to convert your mailbox data into pst file format however there are some manual ways for converting ost files but manual methods is not reliable to perfom this task.

Outlook 2007 and up use the forcepstpath registry key to change the default data file path from c users username appdata local microsoft outlook this change will not move existing pst files in your profile if you create new accounts in your profile or create a new profile pst or imap ost files will be placed in the path entered in the registry.

The data file on outlook on mac is known as olm outlook for mac and you can consider it as a counterpart of ost and pst files at outlook for windows you need to know the location of olm files when you want to take the backup of your mac outlook account or when you are facing corruption and need to retrieve the data.