Outlook 2007: How To Create a New Data File (PST)

As in previous versions of Outlook, the new version allows you to create data files (PST’s) to store your messages and such. However, the new interface requires some different steps than the older versions. To create a new data file, follow this tech-recipe:

1. Click File and select Data File Management.

2. Under the Data Files tab, click Add.

3. Select the desired type of data file.

4. Click OK.

5. In the new window, browse to the location that the file will be saved.

6. In the File name box, type the name for file.

7. Click OK.

8. In the Create Microsoft Personal Folders dialog box, type the name that will be displayed in Outlook for the data file in the Name box.

9. Click OK.

10. Click the Close button in the Account Settings dialog box.


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26 Responses to “Outlook 2007: How To Create a New Data File (PST)”

  1. January 07, 2009 at 2:26 pm, lesego said:

    Clearly expounded!

    Thank you!


  2. March 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm, Parimala said:



  3. July 20, 2009 at 3:30 am, Anonymous said:

    It was a Great help


  4. January 02, 2010 at 5:42 am, Anonymous said:

    very helpful for new users


  5. February 06, 2010 at 8:30 pm, Fraya said:

    THANK YOU! super helpful


  6. February 27, 2010 at 6:47 am, Anonymous said:

    Thank you


  7. February 27, 2010 at 6:48 am, Anonymous said:

    Microsoft Outlook uses (PST file) personal folder to store Outlook emails, contacts, address book, notes and calendars etc. The PST file is loaded each time when you start MS Outlook. Even if you delete any email or you lost any contacts, they still are there in the PST file. Some time you get an error message while you open your outlook, as mention below.
    • Cannot find Outlook.pst file
    • Error has been detected in the .pst file
    • .pst is not a personal file folder
    • File patch could not be accessed.
    • .pst can not be accessed – 0×80040600 or Unknown errors.
    • An unknown error has occurred 0×80040118.

    There can be many reasons for the above error messages, like Outlook PST file is affected by Virus attack, Corruption in .pst file header due to improper outlook shutdowns etc.

    If you face any issue with your Outlook PST file, you can use Outlook Recovery Software.

    For best Outlook PST file repair results, use http://www.repair-outlook-pst-file.com


    • February 09, 2011 at 8:51 am, GoTo Guy said:

      Very helpful


  8. July 28, 2010 at 7:48 am, Sen_83 said:

    Thank u


  9. September 30, 2010 at 3:52 am, suhas said:



  10. October 04, 2010 at 5:45 am, Project_avijit said:

    file -> achive will do


  11. October 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm, R_pragul said:

    was very helpful


  12. December 02, 2010 at 6:06 am, Siva Kandivalasa said:



  13. February 07, 2011 at 7:08 am, Gaby said:

    Perfectly Explained. Thanx Bro!


  14. February 11, 2011 at 10:47 am, amol said:

    was of gr8 help thnx


  15. February 25, 2011 at 8:03 am, suraj said:



  16. February 28, 2011 at 6:07 am, Abhi said:

    this is the best of all.


  17. June 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm, Shivendra1886 said:



  18. November 02, 2011 at 9:25 pm, ashu said:

    very helpful information


  19. May 10, 2012 at 8:14 am, Gururaj said:

    Thanks, its very hand in hand


  20. June 15, 2012 at 2:44 am, Mohit said:

    Very well explained, able to make pst using this in Outlook 2007


  21. July 18, 2012 at 4:44 am, siddheshs said:

    Thaks alot..its gr8


  22. August 07, 2012 at 4:23 am, venkatesh said:

    Thanks, it helps lot!!!!


  23. September 13, 2012 at 9:34 am, Raja said:

    Thanks, Very helpful information.


  24. May 30, 2013 at 5:16 am, Hajira said:

    Thank you!! :)


  25. May 31, 2013 at 1:23 am, Vishnuvardhan said:

    Thanks a lot. It is very clear.


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