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How to Locate and Encrypt PST File in Outlook 2010

October 12th, 2012 by Admin

Microsoft Outlook 2010 stores your email in a .pst file. The PST file format is also be known as a Personal Folder File. Outlook uses this file format to store your data including emails, contacts, calendars, email account settings, etc. When you install Outlook 2010 and set up an email account, Outlook creates the .pst file for that account in a specific folder on your computer’s hard drive. In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to locate and encrypt .pst file with a password in Microsoft Outlook 2010.

The Quickest Way to Locate PST File in Outlook 2010:

  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010.
  2. Right-click on the Data Store for your email account on the left panel in Outlook 2010 and select Open File Location.
  3. It will quickly locate the .pst file in Windows Explorer.

How to Encrypt PST File in Outlook 2010?

  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010.
  2. Right-click on the Data Store for your email account on the left panel in Outlook 2010 and select Data File Properties.
  3. This will bring up the Properties window. Click on the Advanced button.
  4. Click on the Change Password button on the Outlook Data File window.
  5. Set a new password for your .pst file. If the .pst file is already protected with a password, you also need to enter the old password. Click OK.

After setting up a password to encrypt the .pst file, you need to enter the password to access all your data in Outlook every time you launch Microsoft Outlook application. MS Outlook users often encrypt PST file to ensure their confidential data are not accessed by unauthorized users. But sometimes when you lost your pst file password then you need to use Outlook Password Recovery program to recover lost password.

Introduction to Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst)

September 27th, 2012 by Admin

Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) provides a centralized storage of email folders, email messages, attachments, contacts, calendar items, and so on.  For security purpose you can set a password to protect the Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst). Every time you open Microsoft Outlook application, you’ll be required to enter the password before accessing any data in Outlook. This is very useful to prevent unauthorized users from reading your emails when you are absent.

Part 1: Where is the Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst)?

The fastest way to open the folder where your Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) is saved is to do the following:

  1. In Outlook 2010, click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
  3. On the Data Files tab, click an entry, and then click Open Folder Location.

Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) created by using Outlook 2010 are saved on your computer in the Documents\Outlook Files folder. If you are running Windows XP, these files are created in the My Documents\Outlook Files folder.

If you upgraded to Outlook 2010 on a computer that already had data files that were created in earlier versions of Outlook, these files are saved in a different location in a hidden folder.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista     <drive>:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows XP     <drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

 Note: To use Windows Explorer to navigate to the folder where your Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) is saved, you must first turn on the display of hidden folders. In Windows Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options. On the View tab, under Advanced Settings, under Files and Folders, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders. If you want to see all file name extensions, clear the Hide extensions for known file types check box under Files and Folders. Hidden folders appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical folders.

Part 2:  Forgot Your Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst) Password?

Forgot your Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) password? You may lost access to the entire email data in Outlook, including the incoming and outgoing messages, calendar info, contacts and contact groups, tasks and to-dos, journals and much more. Don’t worry! With Outlook Password Recovery program you can recover Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) password instantly.

Here are steps to recover Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) password:

  1. Download and install Outlook Password Recovery program on your computer.
  2. Launch Outlook Password Recovery and then click on the Unlock PST File button.
  3. Browse to your Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst), and click Open.
  4. The program will recover and display Outlook Personal Folders file (.pst) in seconds.