How to Create a New PST File in MS Outlook?

Ruchika Srichand
Ruchika Srichand | Updated On - 09 Apr 2021 |

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MS Outlook, while working as a desktop email client, stores its emails and other items in Outlook data files (PST). A PST file stores user emails, contacts, calendars, journals, and other items on the local disk. So the PST data is accessible only through the Outlook configured on the system where it is saved. However, it is possible to transfer PST files to a different system using a portable device (such as an external hard disk).

What Makes PST Files a Convenient File Format for Outlook Users?

PST files are portable. Also, they can be used to backup Exchange mailboxes or to recover user mailboxes from OST files. The archiving feature of MS Outlook also uses PST format to save the old and unused items.

How to Create a New PST File in Outlook?

In some situations, users will have to create a new PST file in Outlook. It is not a complicated task. To create a PST file, you have to follow the steps:

  1. Open MS Outlook, click New Items, point to More Items ,and then click Outlook Data Files
  2. Give a name for the new PST file (click Add Optional Password if you want to create a password-protected PST file) and then click OK.

Note: If prompted by Outlook, enter a password for the new PST file, verify it, and then click on OK.

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