How to Open a PST File

Use Microsoft Outlook 2013’s Open Outlook Data File feature to open a PST file, which is also known as an Outlook Data File. The PST file is a Microsoft proprietary file format that is used to store data in Outlook — such as your email messages and contacts — that has been downloaded from your email account. By default, a PST file that is created using Microsoft Outlook 2013 is saved in the Outlook Files folder, which is accessible through the Documents folder.

Step

Launch Outlook and open the File menu.

Pressing the Alt-F keys also opens the File menu.
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Select Open and Export from the window's left pane and then click Open Outlook Data File to open a new File Explorer window.

Use the Import/Export feature to import or export data.
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Browse to the location of the PST file on your computer, select the file and then click the OK button to open the file in Outlook.

Double-click the file to open it.
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Double-click the name of the PST file, such as Outlook Data File, in the Folder Pane located at the left-side of the window to display the file's information.

The Folder Pane displays your email accounts and folders.
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