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How to locate the Outlook .PST file

warning Be aware that Outlook needs to be closed while Email Parser processes Outlook emails.

What is the Outlook PST file?

The Outlook PST file is where the Outlook email client stores the emails, contacts, events and any other items that it manages.

 

Locating your Outlook PST file quickly:

Open any folder in your computer, then go to your user directory (something like C:\Users\yourname) and type *.pst in the search box:

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Where is this file is usually located?

In Windows XP and Server 2003, by default, the Outlook PST file is located in:

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

For Windows Vista, Windows 7 the default location is:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\
 (Where %username% is your windows login name)

For Windows 8, if you are using Outlook 2013:

C:\Users\%username%\My Documents\Outlook Files\
 (Where %username% is your windows login name)

Finding the file path in Outlook 2013

Go to the file menu, right click on the email address and select “Data File properties” (the last item). Then, on the “advanced” of the window that will pop-up the PST file path is shown.

Finding the file path in Outlook 2007

If you are using Outlook 2007, simply go to File menu, then select Data File Management. You will see a list of all data files used by Outlook, including archives, if any. Simply click on the data file you want to know its location path, and then click on Open Folder button. A Windows Explorer window will open and go directly the the storing folder.

Finding the path in Outlook 2003

1) In the folders navigation Pane, right-click Personal Folders (or directly on the mailbox you want to link to Email Parser) and then click on the Properties in the context menu.
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2) Click Advanced. In the Filename text box, the complete path and file name of the .PST file will be shown.

 

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