Create a PST file in Outlook 2010

Even if you've created Outlook personal data files before to archive, filter, or otherwise store mail on your local drive, you may not know where to find this feature in Outlook 2010. It's actually pretty quick and easy to do, once you know where to look.

On the Home tab, click New Items, select More Items, and choose Outlook Data File:

Create new Outlook Data File

You'll be prompted to name and save your file, and you can password protect it if you like:

Save your Outlook data file

That's it. Your new mail folders will appear at the bottom of the left column in Outlook. If you ever want to remove it, just right-click it and choose the Close command. To add a closed Outlook data file, go to File, Open and click the Open Outlook Data File button:

Open Outlook Data File


Comments (6)
  1. Mike Watson says:

    I was attempting to open the file that was attached for the scanpst and learned a new methot of finding originally installed version. If you right click the .PST file, then click "open with" you will get a dialog box. Click the down pointing arrow to the right of "other programs" and then click on browse. Now double click microsoft office, double click office 12, then scroll down the list to scanpst and double click it. Scanost is right above it and has the same icon….a ripped envelope. Great work done by you.

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  2. PST Recovery says:

    Reasons for creating a new .pst file in Outlook could be anything like you want to archive your old .pst items, Outlook .pst file got oversized etc.. However, creating a new .pst file helps a lot and is quite simple in every version of Outlook.

    To add more information in this context of creating a new .pst file, steps for creating new .pst in in Outlook 2007 are mentioned as below :

    -File → New → Outlook Data File → Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst) and click OK.

    -In File name box, type a name for file and click Ok. In Name box, type a display name for the .pst folder.

    -In case you want to set the password, in Password, enter a password in Password and verify password in text boxes.



  3. Haritha says:

    Thanks for the info, it was pretty useful.

  4. Absolutely useless! says:

    It does not prompt for a particular folder in Outlook.  Another piece of crap from Microsoft.  What is wrong with you people??  We are supposed to be going forward, not backwards.

  5. Jo says:

    Very helpful and works first time. Thanks!

  6. ranjit says:

    Many thanks! This was just what I was seeking. Most helpful Suzanne.

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