Change the Default File Location

coreybryant used Ask the Experts™
I am using Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.  When I am in Outlook and I go to open another PST file, it defaults to:
C:\Users\coreybryant\Documents\Outlook Files

However, all my PST files are in C:\Users\coreybryant\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook - is there a way to change this location?  And if so, how?  

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I looked at the three links.  The first one basically just told me how to find what path is being used.
The second link was not really for Outlook 2010, but it was similar to the third link - so I tried that.  I am assuming that I should see a key named ForcePSTPath - but I did not.  I did a search of the registry and ForcePSTPath was not found.  I chose keys, value, and data but it was not found.

I don't know if I am supposed to add ForcePSTPath or not.  

I got as far as HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook

I took a look at your two links that you suggested.  
The first link seemed to only reference Microsoft Word and Excel, not Outlook.  The second link you suggested, I could not find any information re: the question - can you provide the exact link so it would be easier for me to find it?
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sorry, i thought it would be the same

ok here is another way

Open Registry Editor (regedit), browse to HKEY_CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options
Right click an empty spot on the right pane
Choose New > String Value
Rename the String Value you created to DefaultPath
Double click DefaultPath
Fill in new value data typing the full path of the new default Save As location

Restart Outlook, should work now.
the comment above is only for attachments, for pst files read below

article below is from

These 2 methods are for earlier versions of Outlook but should also work for Outlook 2010. Reference is Microsoft Support Article 883401  (

Method 1: Add the ForcePSTPath string value to the registry Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 ( ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To change the default path that Outlook uses for a .pst file, add the ForcePSTPath string value to the registry. To do this, follow these steps: Quit Outlook. Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK. Locate and then select the following subkey in the registry.

Outlook 2003 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook Outlook 2002 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook With the Outlook subkey selected in step 4, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click String Value. Type ForcePSTPath, and then press ENTER. With the ForcePSTPath string value selected, click Modify on the Edit menu. In the Value data text box, type the drive letter and the full path of the location that you want Outlook 2002 to use when it creates or opens a .pst file, and then click OK. Back to the top Method 2: Use the CIW If you are a network administrator and want to specify a different location for using .pst file on a user's computer, you can specify the location for the .pst file in the CIW. To do this in the CIW, use the Change Office User Settings pane of the CIW.

For more information about the CIW, visit the following Microsoft Web site ( For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 896591 ( ) You cannot specify a separate folder to store the .ost file when you use the ForcePSTPath value in Outlook 2003

hope this helps


Msg - 38009373 - I did that as well, that seemed to only reflect attachments.

Msg - 38009380 - that worked!  It seems that ForcePSTPath has to be added.  I was afraid of adding that key but I figured I could easily delete it if necessary.   I went back into Outlook and tried to open a PST.   It directed me to the location needed.  

In the past, I would have to go to File - Info - Account Settings and the go to the Data Files tab.  I would have to open that file location so I could copy it.  And then back to File - Open and paste that path.

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