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Can I open an Outlook 2010 pst file in Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007?

    Question

  • If a user's Outlook 2010 system is unavailable for some reason, can a copy of the pst file be opened with Outlook 2003 or 2007?
    Friday, November 12, 2010 1:10 PM

Answers

  • Hello DaveAitch,

    The POP3 .pst will have all the emails of the current Outlook Inbox, you can move the file into Outlooks default .pst folder.

    First make sure you have "View hidden Files enabled" there are many ways to set this up this is one way;

    - Click "Start", Click on "Control Panel", on the top of thwe window you will see File-edit-view-favorites-tools-help, click on "Tools" and select "Folder Options". Folder Options window will pop up, go to the "View" tab. You will see "Hidden Files and Folders" select  "Show Hidden Files and Folder" click "apply" and "ok" close the window. You will now be able to view hidden folders.

     

    Adding .pst file to the default outlook location;

    - Click on "My Computer", Click on "Local Disk (c:)", Click on "documents and settings", select the user which will log into outlook "User", click on "Local settings", click on "application data", click on "Microsoft", click on "Outlook". Here is were you will place your .pst file.

     

    Outlook setup;

    You will now open up Outlook 2003 or 2007, you will be creating the account that is associated with the POP3 account. You will now notice emails will be coming into your outlook. You can check to see whether the account is using your .pst or has created a new one. In any case you can add the .pst as a folder if Outlook will only work with the new .pst file.

     

    Adding .pst as Folder:

    - Launch Outlook, once outlook opens click on "File", click on "data file management", a window pop-up click on "Add", Choose"Office Outlook Personal Folder File" click "OK", You should now be able to see the .pst file. Click open and it will be added as a folder to outlook on the righ hand side.

    • Edited by IT Francisco Friday, November 12, 2010 4:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by DaveAitch Friday, November 12, 2010 10:19 PM
    Friday, November 12, 2010 3:37 PM

All replies

  • Hello DaveAitch,

    Yes you would be able to open a .pst file if it was created in 2010 in earlier versions of Outlook.

    Friday, November 12, 2010 3:01 PM
  • Sorry - should have said - POP3

    Friday, November 12, 2010 3:04 PM
  • Hello DaveAitch,

    The POP3 .pst will have all the emails of the current Outlook Inbox, you can move the file into Outlooks default .pst folder.

    First make sure you have "View hidden Files enabled" there are many ways to set this up this is one way;

    - Click "Start", Click on "Control Panel", on the top of thwe window you will see File-edit-view-favorites-tools-help, click on "Tools" and select "Folder Options". Folder Options window will pop up, go to the "View" tab. You will see "Hidden Files and Folders" select  "Show Hidden Files and Folder" click "apply" and "ok" close the window. You will now be able to view hidden folders.

     

    Adding .pst file to the default outlook location;

    - Click on "My Computer", Click on "Local Disk (c:)", Click on "documents and settings", select the user which will log into outlook "User", click on "Local settings", click on "application data", click on "Microsoft", click on "Outlook". Here is were you will place your .pst file.

     

    Outlook setup;

    You will now open up Outlook 2003 or 2007, you will be creating the account that is associated with the POP3 account. You will now notice emails will be coming into your outlook. You can check to see whether the account is using your .pst or has created a new one. In any case you can add the .pst as a folder if Outlook will only work with the new .pst file.

     

    Adding .pst as Folder:

    - Launch Outlook, once outlook opens click on "File", click on "data file management", a window pop-up click on "Add", Choose"Office Outlook Personal Folder File" click "OK", You should now be able to see the .pst file. Click open and it will be added as a folder to outlook on the righ hand side.

    • Edited by IT Francisco Friday, November 12, 2010 4:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by DaveAitch Friday, November 12, 2010 10:19 PM
    Friday, November 12, 2010 3:37 PM
  • Wow! What a wonderfully comprehansive answer!

     

    Thank you IT Francisco. I'll try it right now.

     

    Many thanks,

    Dave

     

    Friday, November 12, 2010 3:42 PM