How to open Microsoft Outlook personal storage table .pst files
Have you had trouble opening the pst file on your computer? What are pst files? We explain what they are and recommend software that we know will open them.
What is pst file?
A pst file extension is used for storage file format of Microsoft Outlook. PST file contains stored emails, calendars, contacts in one single file.
Microsoft Outlook personal storage table description
The pst file extension is associated with Microsoft Outlook, an email client and personal information manager, which is part of Microsoft Office, developed by Microsoft Corporation.
The pst files store e-mail messages and other data saved by the Outlook application. PST files contain all of users Outlook email folders, including the Inbox, Calendar, and Contacts.
The pst files are stored in Unicode file format and have a 20 GB limit in Microsoft Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and 50 GB limit in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016. After the limit of PST file is exceeded, Outlook will not able to open PST file and you must split pst files or create new one.
The size of pst files can be customized in the Windows registry.
Unlike the full version of Outlook, free Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail does not use .pst files.
Mac OS X (macOS) users can also use the PST Import Tool for Entourage to import PST data into Entourage.
Path to pst file:
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10:
Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003:
\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Microsoft Exchange Server also uses Outook PST file format to store address book and other personal data about contacts.
Suggested software to open pst file
An e-mail management tool distributed with Microsoft Office suite
Mac version of the popular e-mail client and personal information manager from Microsoft
Subscription-based service for Microsoft Office applications
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