Open Outlook Data Files (.pst)

If you have an Outlook Data File (.pst) that doesn’t appear in the Folder Pane, you can add it so that you can work with the items in the data file.

  1. Choose the File tab.

  2. Choose Open and Export, and then click Open Outlook Data File.

    Open an Outlook data file

  3. Choose the Outlook Data File, and then click Open.

  4. The PST file appears in the left-nav bar in Outlook.

    Outlook Data File

Notes   These are the locations where the PST files are stored by default:

  • Outlook Data File (.pst) created in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016, are in Documents\Outlook Files folder.

  • Outlook Data File (.pst) created in Outlook 2007 and earlier, are in drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook.

Applies To: Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013

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