How do I search a PST without indexing in Outlook 2010

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I have a number of PSTs on CDs. The PSTs are large (100,000 emails on average). I don't want to wait for each one to index. How can we search a PST quickly the old-fashioned way?
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Old fashioned way and quick are a bit of contradiction. Nonetheless, open the PST with Outlook and then go to Options -> Search and set for all folders. Now go to Inbox and click on the Search bar (top right of Inbox) and search for what you want. It will likely take a while.

If you want to search outside of Outlook, you need Windows (and so index) or a 3rd party search tool.

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You could try an external program like PST Viewer or if you just want searching FileLocator Pro could work for you.

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