How to Copy the Inbox From Outlook 2007 to a File

By Kathryn Hatter

With Outlook 2007, you have a powerful but simple email browser suitable for both personal and business use. As you use the Outlook browser to receive and send emails, you may amass a sizable collection of emails over time. Outlook 2007 comes equipped with the ability to back up and copy email folders for storing outside of the Outlook program in a .pst file format. Copy the inbox from Outlook 2007 to a file and export it to save it for long-term storage.

Step 1

Open Outlook 2007 and click the "File" tab. Select "Import and Export" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Select "Export to a file" from the list of actions. Click "Next."

Step 3

Choose "Personal Folder File" from the list of file types and click "Next."

Step 4

Select your inbox from the available folders you can export and click "Next."

Step 5

Choose the location for storing the backup file. Click the browse button and navigate to this location.

Step 6

Read the options below about duplicate items and choose the option you desire. Click "Finish" and wait while Outlook backs up your inbox folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may have the option of protecting your backup file with a password. Set the password prior to making the backup file.