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I have a new computer and I want to transfer my address book and my saved messages from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2003 on my new computer.  What file extentions do I look for and where and is there an easy way to do this?  

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twinblues
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by:war1
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Greetings, twinblues !

Outlook save the emails and address book in a .PST file.  Do a search for *.pst file and copy it to new computer. Then import the .PST file into the new Outlook.

.PST file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder. It is a hidden file. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Best wishes!
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by:twinblues
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The only .pst files on my system are for Corel and graphics files.   I the folder you suggested I have 10 files.

Outlpnt file - this is a print file I assume
outcmd - dat file
Mircosoft Internet file - .srs
Mircosoft Internet file - .XML
Mircosoft Internet file - .FAV
Mircosoft Internet file - Settings Office data file - 3 files like this
Junk senders / Exceptions - txt files

Thanks
Twinblues


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by:twinblues
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Hi

I did find a folder with a file in it that is:

Outlook
Office Data File
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It also has a file that is one of my folders.    This has got to be the file with all the data but it is not a .pst

I will have to try to import this file on Monday and see if it works

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Outlook emails and contacts are stored in .PST file.  It can be store in a folder not the default folder.  Do a search for it.  You can also export the contacts in a CSV file.
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by:twinblues
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Thanks War1

The file I found on my computer even though it does not come up under a search as a .pst file - when I copy it over it saves it as a pst file.   It was right where you said it would be and the transfer worked fine.  

Thank you once again
Twinblues
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Just a side note.   I found an easier way to export the pst files.   You go into Outlook under the file menu - Import Export - Outlook - Export a file - select pst extention and the folder you want to export then create the file.   Take this file and import it on the new computer.   This seems to work real well - Thanks for the Help

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