Open PST File

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Open PST File

A PST file is a personal storage directory in which copies of your email messages, calendar events, rules, signatures, and even Microsoft Outlook interface settings are stored. In versions of Outlook 97 through 2002, the storage limit of a PST file for a user is 2 GB. As of Outlook 2003, the limit is 20 GB. It is not recommended, under any circumstances, to try to modify a PST file or move it to another location as errors could occur and it would be necessary to recreate it from Outlook.

Knowing this, you can easily see how important it is to make a backup of these files periodically to keep them protected and secured. Imagine that you are going to check your calendar and realize that it has been damaged and does not have a backup version. That is why it is vital that you make a backup of your PST files.

A very simple way to protect yourself against such a situation is to back up your PST files in an external storage unit at periodic intervals. This also helps to free up valuable mailbox space. These simple steps will help you make sure you have a recent backup to turn to in case a file gets damaged or suddenly disappears.

Do you have a PST file in your hands?

Opening a PST file can be somewhat cumbersome if you don't have the right tools. The best way is to have the Microsoft Outlook program that comes with the Office package, to open these files. The following steps respond to the easiest method to open PST files: In the 'Open & Export' menu of outlook, you can see that the second tab from top to bottom is the one that corresponds to PST files

Click on this button tab

And there you can search and choose the PST file.

Special Note: Once the PST file is exported / imported, the Outlook program will create its own PST file in the default location. Therefore this process does not need to be repeated.

If you do not have Microsoft Outlook installed, it is still possible to open and work with PST files.

  • Download and install the free PST file viewer from this website:.
  • Run the application and identify the location of your PST file. Now select it and open.
  • The tool also allows the user to view the PST file in case it is corrupted.

Something you should keep in mind is that PST files extension should not be changed. If for some reason you cannot open a PST file, then it may be due to some damage in it, for that you can resort to the use of PST file recovery tools such as PST File Viewer.

Open PST File on Windows OS

  • Try double clicking on a PST file in Windows File Explorer.
  • If the PST reading software is associated correctly then the file will open
  • If the file did not open you should install Microsoft Outlook
  • To open PST file in Microsoft Outlookyou need to launch it and then select File->Open in the main menu
  • In the File Open dialog select PST file and click "Open"
  • If you do not want to use Microsoft Outlook you can download PST Viewer

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If you are not able to open file with certain file extension make sure to check if extension for the file is correct. It is possible that information in the file doesn't match file extension.

File Extension Info

PST Quick Info
  Microsoft Outlook Archive File
  application/vnd.adobe.flash-movie    application/x-shockwave-flash   application/futuresplash
Opens with
  Microsoft Outlook
  PST File Viewer