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Windows 7: Moving .PST data file location - Outlook2010

15 Dec 2010   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
Moving .PST data file location - Outlook2010


I'm having trouble understanding the procedure to follow in order to succesfully move my .PST file from one location to another, without having Outlook panicking about what I am trying to do. I've experimented a bit but seem to end up with duplicate accounts/datafiles.

By default, Outlook places the .PST here:

C:\Users\Colin\Documents\Outlook Files\

I would like to physically move the .PST here:


and then tell Outlook to look in this new location for the .PST without fretting. I can't quite seem to work out the logic, or what i need to do. I recall in earlier versions of Outlook one could simply click a "Change Data Folder" location or similar button, but that seems to have gone missing.....

I aim to access two accounts, ideally in two separate PST's in the same folder:

1 x IMAP (ISP account)
1 x POP (GMail account)

This is Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Can anyone help?


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15 Dec 2010   #2

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15 Dec 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Great.Thanks Kari - I'll check that out.
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15 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 8 Professional

move the file then go into your account settings and change the default datafile to the new location. Should be as simple as that. You may need to add it as a data source before you can remove the default.
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16 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Thanks Kari - that works perfectly.....the only catch is it only seems to work for POP3. So I changed to POP3
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