With the help of keywords, you can search for the desired item or email in a PST file. And the Indexing feature of Windows plays a vital role in getting you the desired search results. But what if there are indexing issues?

It happens many times that you don’t get expected search results in Outlook – the search result is incomplete, or you don’t see the items that meet the specified criteria. In that case, you need to rebuild the search catalog. Also, you need to check if Outlook is included in the Indexing options.

Well, if you want to enable (or disable) the Indexing for your Outlook, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. In Microsoft Outlook, click on the File menu at the top and click on the Options button in the left panel of the screen.
  2. Now navigate to the Search tab. There click on Indexing Options under the Sources category.
  3. In the new window, click on the Modify option.
  4. In this step, you need to check the checkmark beside the MS Outlook option. Click on OK to proceed.

You have successfully enabled indexing for your Outlook profile. So, your Outlook search will be accurate from here on. Also, there are many free tools that can help you find the required items from your Outlook PST files. Kernel Outlook PST Viewer is such a tool.

Kernel Outlook PST Viewer

Try Kernel Outlook PST Viewer is a third-party tool which is totally automated and with it, one can search for the desired items in a PST without MS Outlook on your system. It is totally free and cost you not even a single penny, not now, not in the future too. Let us know how it works:

  1. Once the tool is open, click on the Browse button to select the PST file.
  2. Now locate the desired PST file, select it, and click Open.
  3. Click on Next button to proceed.
  4. Once the scanning process is over, all the content will appear on the screen. You just need to click on the folders and items individually, and the content will appear for preview.
  5. Importantly, the tool has a Find feature. Click on this button, select the required folder(s) from the folder tree given on the left-hand side. Fill the criteria like From, To, Subject, Date, and click on Find Now. All the items matching your entries will appear.


Well, as we can see that with the automated method, we can open any PST file without Outlook. So, if due to any reason, you don’t have Outlook, you still can open and view a PST file. The tool has a Find feature which helps you search for data in PST files. The most important thing about the tool is that it costs you nothing. What are you waiting for? Just download it.