How can I move the pst-file from its default location to another more convenient location?
That is actualy more easy than it looks; move the pst-file when Outlook is closed to its new location and then start Outlook. Outlook will now nag that it can’t find the pst-file and allows you to browse to the new location. Point Outlook to it and you’re done!
Of course you need to know the current location of the pst-file fist. You can get an overview of your currently connected pst-files via;
- File-> Data File Management… (Outlook 2007 and previous)
- File-> Info-> Account Settings-> Accounts Settings…-> tab Data Files (Outlook 2010)
- The Mail applet in Control Panel.
The defaults locations are;
Windows Vista and Windows 7
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
If you are using Outlook 2010, then pst-files are placed in a sub folder called "
Outlook Files" in your "(My) Documents" folder.
Note 1: Never overwrite any existing pst-files. This will corrupt your mail profile and then you’ll need to recreate it.
Note 2: Make sure you point it to the same pst-file and not another or you’ll corrupt your mail profile.
Note 3: Don’t make Outlook connect to pst-files on a network share. This is unsupported.