Don't show an Outlook Data File (.pst) in the Folder Pane

When you no longer need frequent access to the contents of an Outlook Data File (.pst), you can close the file. A closed file doesn’t appear in the folder pane, but isn’t deleted from your computer. It can be re-opened whenever you need it.

  • Right-click the name of the Outlook Data File (.pst) that you want to remove from the Folder Pane, and then click Close name.

    Close Outlook Data File example

If the Close command isn’t available, you are probably trying to remove the default Outlook Data File (.pst) file that is used to save your new messages. If you were to remove that data file, new messages would have nowhere to go.

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