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

Posted December 1, 2006 by Rob Rogers in Microsoft Outlook

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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  • lesego

    Clearly expounded!

    Thank you!

  • Parimala


  • Anonymous

    It was a Great help

  • Anonymous

    very helpful for new users

  • Fraya

    THANK YOU! super helpful

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    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 – 0x80040600 or Unknown errors.
    • An unknown error has occurred 0x80040118.

    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

    • GoTo Guy

      Very helpful

  • Sen_83

    Thank u

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    file -> achive will do

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  • Gaby

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  • ashu

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  • Gururaj

    Thanks, its very hand in hand

  • Mohit

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

  • siddheshs

    Thaks alot..its gr8

  • venkatesh

    Thanks, it helps lot!!!!

  • Raja

    Thanks, Very helpful information.

  • Hajira

    Thank you!! 🙂

  • Vishnuvardhan

    Thanks a lot. It is very clear.