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Question when Outlook 2010 PST password is not asked

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Hi Experts,

I have in the computer I am working Outlook 2010 and today I notice that when opening Outlook it did not request a password to open my outlook (the PST has a password).  I assume that for some reason, I checkmarked "save password" by mistake in one of my opening sessions.  In order to fix it ASAP (I needed to now), I just closed the PST and reopen it, but still didn't ask for password.  So I change the password.  Again, still when re-opening the PST it didn't ask for the password.  But  then I noticed that if I close the Outlook apps and reopen it, the it ask for the password.   So I assume all ok


My question is:
  • Since I closed the PST, the email account was deleted and had to reconfigure (or add); now it's downloading over 5K of emails.
  • The above said, if this happen again, how can I have Outlook when opening ask for the PST password without closing the PST, changing password and reopening the PST? (I don't want to re-download all the PST linked inbox emails)
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You should go to Account Settings-Data Files, select your pst file, select Properties and change password. There is option "Store password". Do not set it after password change

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That is what I don't want, to change my password.

Is there a way to make the Outlook ask for the password again once you have checked "Store password"? (without changing the password)
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There are no password history, so new password could be same to old

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I guess I am not asking this right.

When I open on the beginning of the day Outlook, enter the password and also check "Store password", next time the Outlook is open, it will not ask for the password.

My question is:
Can I configure Outlook to ask for the password without going thru changing the password.

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Thank u!
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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As you have found out by experimentation the answer is no you cannot.
fred hakimRetired IT
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Outlook will not ask for a password as long as any elements (apps) using the .pst are logged in on the PC user session..  You need to exit all the outlook related stuff to trigger a password request, or logoff the windows user or reboot the PC.  Otherwise your .pst is assumed to be logged in and no additional password is required.  

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Hi Fred,

That is not what I am looking for.  

The situation I am trying to accomplish is to have a Outlook to ask for the password again after mistakenly a user check-mark the "save password".  

The work around I know and did, is just change the password, and prior saving, make sure not to check-mark the "save password" and done.  Noe  the next time I open Outlook, password is asked.

If you know how to set Outlook to ask for the password without changing the password, let me know.

Hi David,

I did find an article where a Microsoft tech said that is not possible to configure Outlook to ask for the password after doing a check-mark the "save password".  But I can't find the article.

Do u have an article that states this cannot be done?
Simple Geek from the '70s
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Understood.  Just wanted to know if u would have a PDF or link or article regarding this topic (I have not been able to find it)
Edmond HawilaChief Operating Officer
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Have you checked in the Windows Credential Manager?
That's where all the saved passwords are saved.
Ensure you remove any references to Outlook from in there.
Edmond HawilaChief Operating Officer
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Also please clarify how you connect to the mailbox. Pop3 or IMAP? Whe don't you use normal Exchange?

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Hi Edmond, it can't be done, I am trying to find a PDF or link that certifies this.

Anyways closing the question.
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