Outlook 2010 Help > "Change an Outlook Data File (.pst) display name" provides instructions about how to change display names.Following those instructions, I am able to find the program location ( File > Account Settings > Account Settings > Data Files > Settings ), but not able to change the display name.Please explain.
- Edited by mebe2be Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:23 PM
You used to be able to do it in previous versions of Outlook and if you upgrade to 2010 you now find you can't change it any more.
A friend who used to share their computer with a partner had edited the top folder to show both their names, upgraded to Office 2010 Beta and then got divorced. She is now constantly reminded of her ex-partner's name. The only fix would seem to be to create a new PST file and then import all the folders and items but that loses data such as custom views and created dates.
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If the user (and/or administrator) can't later change the Data File display name, Outlook should provide far better options (control) during initial set up. As well, 2010 Help should actually help, rather than provide instructions that can't be implemented.P.S. In 2007, we had single Data Folder per user. When 2010 installed, program seemed to decide we needed a different Data File for each email account. Ugh!
..the instructions shown in the Outlook 2010 Help lead you to the same location that, in previous versions of Outlook, enabled you to change the display name shown for a PST file. In Outlook 2010, however, the name field appears locked.
Like you, I have unfortunately been unable to find a way to change the Display Name of PST files on my computer now that I have installed the Outlook 2010 Beta.
I can only hope that Microsoft spot this issue and resolve it before the full release of Outlook 2010. Given the quality of the final release of Vista, and the lack of any official responses to this thread in over a month,I am concerned that this may go unresolved.
Unfortunately, there appears to be only 1 way to do this. [At least with POP3 / Web Email Accounts]
1 Copy the .pst file [which makes (name)2.pst]
2. Rename the copied pst file to what ever you like.
3. Delete the old data.pst and email account.
4. Create a new account, but use the newly renamed .pst file.
This is what I did. I also recommmend this to clients who want to re-name email accounts. I personally manage 7 different email accounts including sales and tech support. I like Outlooks contacts. But now with Outlook 2010 [beta], I hate that I left dream mail and live mail.
- Proposed as answer by Simon Jones [MSDL] Tuesday, May 11, 2010 6:01 AM
If you only want to rename the name that gets displayed inside of Outlook (mine was originally my email address and I wanted it to be my name - like is displayed in an Exchange environment), you can do the following:
File > Account Settings > Account Settings > Data Files (tab) > Settings
Then just change the Name to whatever you'd like and click OK. The data file will remain the email address.pst, but the name displayed in Outlook will be fixed.
- Proposed as answer by martianzrus Monday, January 13, 2014 12:27 AM
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