Default PST file location

Posted on 2006-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
When user wants to open a new outlook data file, the Outlook application defaults to c:\documents and settings\%username%\local settings\application data\Microsoft\Outlook.  Is there a way to reset the default path to a new drive and folder  (example:  d:\mailfiles)

Thank you very much for your help.  Have a really nice day!
Question by:JOEinMARYLAND

    Author Comment

    one other thing,  the user is using Microsoft Office 2003 - Outlook
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    Expert Comment

    Hello JOEinMARYLAND,

    you could try

    1. close outlook
    2. move the pst to the other location
    3. open outlook it will ask for the new location
    4. you can browse for it

    Note that storing a pst-file on a networkshare is not recommended or supported by Microsoft for various of
    -never been designed for it
    -possible data corruption
    -possible data loss
    -lower performance

    hope this helps a bit
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    Accepted Solution

    Greetings, JOEinMARYLAND !

    If you don't see the .pst file in the folder that bruintje pointed to, you're probably using Windows XP or Windows 2000, which considers .pst files to be system files and hide them by default. Open Windows Explorer, and choose Tools, Folder Options. On the View tab, select "Show hidden files and folders." After you close the dialog box, you should be able to see the .pst file in the folder. If you know where the .pst file resides, you can move it, back it up, or copy it to a new machine when you upgrade. However, before you perform any of these operations, you must shut down Outlook.

    Best wishes!
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    Thanks, war1

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    actually none of these worked for me.  the user is no longer pressing me for an answer.  i tried a few things but the :look in: still points to c:\  i click file, open, outlook data file and the lookin: points to c:\  the user wanted it to look at d:\

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