Easy Methods to Convert MSG Files to Outlook PST

Anju Chaudhary
Anju Chaudhary | Updated On - January 18, 2023 |

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MSG is a file format introduced by Microsoft in 2003, parallel to the introduction of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook, with the primary purpose of allowing Outlook users to store and share messages. An MSG consists of the complete information like the Subject, To, From, Time, Date, etc., of an email message. MSG files are mainly used by Outlook, but other programs too support them, like those which use Microsoft Messaging Applications Programming Interface (MAPI). On the other hand, Outlook PST file consists of all the items like all the email message folders, contacts, tasks, calendar, etc. So when a user needs all the emails and other items of Outlook, he needs to convert all the MSG files to PST files. Also, it is quite difficult to manage multiple MSG files, so users prefer the PST file format, where they can find all the items rather than just a single one. In the present blog, we are going to discuss different methods to convert MSG files to Outlook PST files.

Need to Convert MSG File To PST File

The reasons for converting MSG to PST are listed below:

  • For quick and easy accessibility of emails: When Outlook has several emails, it is easier to search mails in a PST file than every MSG file.
  • Management of Outlook data in the PST form is much easier than managing a large number of MSG files.

Methods to Convert MSG Files to PST

Though there are manual methods to convert MSG files to PST, we recommend them only when there are just a few emails that you need to convert. When the number of emails you need to convert is hundreds or above, you certainly need a third-party tool to convert multiple MSG files into PST files in a batch. Latter is not only easy but also less time-consuming. Also, it offers complete accuracy and retention of original properties.

Manual methods to Convert MSG to PST
Method 1: Drag and drop method

Follow the steps given below to drag and drop emails:

  1. Open the Outlook application on your computer.
  2. Click Mail on the menu bar.
  3. Click New folder.
  4. Name the folder and open it.
  5. Go to the MSG files you wish to migrate to the PST file.
  6. Select the MSG files and click and hold.
  7. Keeping the click on hold, move the pointer to the new Outlook folder you created in step 3.
  8. Release the click. This will move the MSG files to the Outlook PST file.
Method 2: Copy & paste method

This method will prove helpful only when only a few MSG files can be converted to PST files; otherwise, it would be a hectic process. Follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the MSG folder.
  2. Copy all the MSG files you wish to migrate.
  3. Open MS Outlook.
  4. Create a new folder by following steps 1-4 of method 1.
  5. Paste the copy of the MSG files you created in step 2.
  6. This will convert all the MSG files to Outlook PST files.
Method 3: Use a third-party tool

There are various third-party tools available to convert MSG files to PST files. Just choose an authentic and safe tool for the purpose.


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