How Outlook 2007 PST is managed?

Outlook 2007 PST file can be managed by creating, locating, importing/exporting and making backups with the help of Outlook tool or a third party tool/software.

What is Outlook 2007 PST?

Outlook 2007 PST is the name of Personal Storage Table (a file or container) which is inherited with Microsoft Outlook 2007. Outlook 2007 is one the best desktop email clients for Windows and de facto client in most businesses using Microsoft Exchange email server as well as for personal use. POP3 and IMAP accounts are well supported by this mail client. It is also providing Gmail,, calendar and reminder system with great integration.

What could be done with Outlook 2007 PST?

Outlook 2007 automatically stores messages, contacts, appointments, tasks, notes and journal entries in PST as .pst file on hard disk drive or in the mailbox located on the server. All these files are saved under PST with extension .pst. Now, you can do the following things with you PST (.pst file):

  • You can have backup copy of a .pst file
  • You can get the location of our .pst file on Microsoft Exchange Server
  • You can export or import .pst files from or into Outlook
  • You can exchange your outlook data between two computers or more
  • You can backup your personal address books
  • You can backup Outlook setting files too

PST and OST are same as OST got its extension as PST, but OST is used as a temporary offline email storage for Exchange servers and for webmail hosts i.e. Gmail and If you want to open your PST files then password may or may not be used, depending upon your settings. Moreover, files may or may not be encrypted.

Creating .pst files in Microsoft Outlook 2007 is very simple

You can create your .pst file in Microsoft Outlook 2007 with a few simple steps below:

  • Click File ==> New ==> Outlook Data File
  • Go to Office Outlook Personal Folder File(.pst) and click OK
  • Choose location (and give name) to your .pst file, otherwise it will be save on the following location:

Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\MrGroove\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\

Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008


  • If you are using Outlook 2007 and 2010 then it will store PST files in AppData folder using location: C:\users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

It uses same location for the OST files too, no matter what version you are using.

How Can I Move My Outlook 2007 PST File?

Yes it is possible to move your Outlook files to any off side of your primary hard drive or to other manageable location from where you wish to control or manage. But, it’s not easy to move a PST file using File Explorer, since it will create a default new PST file in the default location and it lead to file loss or accessing issues, these all will happen if you try to move PST file to other location. In fact, you should go briefly with Windows Registry to change the default location and then after you can move.

Healthy Tips:

Registry Editor is everything to your Outlook which is a powerful tool. You may be locked outside if you misuse it.