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Article ID: 257836 - Last Review: January 12, 2015 - Revision: 2.0

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NOTE: These procedures only apply if you have installed Outlook with the Internet Mail Only option. To determine your installation type, click About Microsoft Outlook on the Help menu. If you have the Internet Mail Only option installed, you see "Internet Mail Only".

For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257824  ( ) OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express

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This article describes how to move a personal folder file to another location. You can move your personal folder file to either your local hard drive, or to a network share.

NOTE: Your personal folder file has a .pst file name extension.

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To move a personal folder file, you must follow the procedures in this section.

Identify the Name and Location of Your Personal Folder File

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. On the View menu, click Folder List.
  3. Right-click Outlook Today-Personal Folder, and then click Properties.
  4. On the General tab, click Advanced.
  5. Note the path to your personal folder file.
  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.
  7. Quit Outlook.

Copy Your Personal Folder File

  1. On the Start menu, point to Programs, and then click Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse through the files to the location of your personal folder file.
  3. Copy your personal folder file to the location that you want.
For more information about copying a file or folder:
  1. Click the Start button, and then click Help.
  2. Click the Search tab, and then type copy.
  3. In the Select Topic to display list, click Copy or move a file or folder.

Point Outlook to Your New Personal Folder File

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. On the File menu, point to Open, and then click Personal Folders File.
  3. Browse through the folders to the new location for your personal folder file, and then click Open.
  4. In the Folder List pane, right-click your new personal folder file, and then click Properties.
  5. In the Properties dialog box, click to select the Deliver POP mail to this Personal Folders File check box, and then click OK.
  6. When you receive the following message, click OK:
    The location where POP mail is delivered will not change until you exit and restart Outlook.
  7. Close all open windows, and then quit Outlook.
  8. Start Outlook.
  9. When you receive the following message, click Yes:
    The location messages are delivered to has changed for this user profile. Is this correct?
Outlook opens your new personal folder file.

Close and Delete the Old Personal Folder File

  1. In the Folder List pane, right-click the old Personal Folders file.

    NOTE: The old personal folder file does not use the Outlook Today icon.
  2. Click Close Personal Folder.
  3. Quit Outlook. You can now delete the personal folder file from its old location.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Outlook 98 Standard Edition
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