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Windows 7: Change Location for Creating Outlook 2010 PST Files

02 Nov 2012   #1
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 
Change Location for Creating Outlook 2010 PST Files

I have not added an email account to Outlook 2010 in a very log time. But, after a switch to a new ISP I created the necessary email accounts and found Outlook insisted on putting them in the'D:\My Documents\Outlook' folder. I don't want them there.

What do I need to do to change the default creation folder location?

Thank you very much?


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02 Nov 2012   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
I have not added an email account to Outlook 2010 in a very log time. But, after a switch to a new ISP I created the necessary email accounts and found Outlook insisted on putting them in the'D:\My Documents\Outlook' folder. I don't want them there.

What do I need to do to change the default creation folder location?

Thank you very much?
A solution could be that you take the files that outlook created in your present outlook directory and after making sure that outlook is closed. Copy all the files in that directory to your directory of choice..
Then go into the file location in outlook and add them to your email userid.

Then after closing oulook and restarting it, check to see that the files are correct in the file location in your userid selection.

Other than that, you can delete the present userid and create a new one where you get to change the location of the files.

Hope this is not confusing..

Rich
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02 Nov 2012   #3
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
I have not added an email account to Outlook 2010 in a very log time. But, after a switch to a new ISP I created the necessary email accounts and found Outlook insisted on putting them in the'D:\My Documents\Outlook' folder. I don't want them there.

What do I need to do to change the default creation folder location?

Thank you very much?
A solution could be that you take the files that outlook created in your present outlook directory and after making sure that outlook is closed. Copy all the files in that directory to your directory of choice..
Then go into the file location in outlook and add them to your email userid.

Then after closing oulook and restarting it, check to see that the files are correct in the file location in your userid selection.

Other than that, you can delete the present userid and create a new one where you get to change the location of the files.

Hope this is not confusing..

Rich
Thanks Rich.

I did as you suggested and the existing accounts work just fine with their pst files in the new location. But, when I create a new account, its pst file is put in the old folder.

Go figure!

Thanks again.
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02 Nov 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

See if this helps when creating a new one:

Outlook 2010 - Copy Existing PST Folders to New PST

Regards,
Golden
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02 Nov 2012   #5
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

See if this helps when creating a new one:

Outlook 2010 - Copy Existing PST Folders to New PST

Regards,
Golden
Thanks Golden.

I looked at the link you provided and it certainly would seem to do what I want but it seems a bit round about. Surely there mus be a way to tell Outlook to have a default location for creating a new data file.

Thanks again.
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02 Nov 2012   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

I think Outlook enforces that default, hence so many tips have arisen as to how to move established PST's. Mind you, I am intrigued now....so I'll have a bit of a dig and see what I can find.

EDIT : looks like an enforced default:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/ou...010354943.aspx

Regards,
Golden
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02 Nov 2012   #7
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Eureka! I found that modifying the registry to add ForcePstPath key to Outlook did just what I needed. Here is the link:

Change default location for pst and ost files | MSOutlook.info

Thanks for your effort though.
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