The email management system Outlook was originally launched in 1992 and marketed as an independent program that could be coupled with its parent software. After seven re-inventions, Outlook 2007 debuted on January 27, 2007. The newly released email manager featured numerous upgrades from its former versions. However, one thing that remained constant was the manger archiving all files that had not been deleted.

For those that have been utilizing Outlook as their email management software for any amount of time are likely familiar with .pst files.  Outlook saves all your information, which includes e-mail, calendar, contacts and other data, in personal storage table files, also known as .pst files. Depending on the settings of your Outlook mail, your information, when saved, may be compressed or encrypted. In turn, the more information you save in your .pst file, the slower Outlook will respond. To remedy this problem, allow Outlook to archive your older messages, as it will occasionally offer to so by displaying a message on your screen.

Outlook 2007 .pst files hold all your data that has not been deleted. By doing so, all files, folders and other data can be stored on your computer to be accessed at a later date. The only issue with this storage method is locating these files in Outlook 2007. As previously mentioned, there were many improvements with the released of Outlook 2007. One of the major improvements from previous versions, where it was difficult to locate the folder containing .pst files, Outlook 2007 made exponentially easier for the user, but it still lodged these files in less than obvious locations. Although the files are saved and reside in your Outlook directory, they are concealed in a difficult to locate folder seeded within the user directory. But, there is an easy method to locate the elusive folder, allowing you to find .pst files in Outlook.

First, launch Outlook 2007 on your computer and locate your folder navigation pane. In that section of your email manager, right-click on your .pst file name and then select the “Properties” option. Now, click on “Advanced.” Note that your .pst file folder will consistently remain a top-level folder in your mail’s navigation pane.  Once the “Advanced” text box opens in the “Filename” option, you will be able to view both the complete path and file name of the .pst file.

Next, select the “File” menu and click the “Data File Management” drop-down option. Make sure you include hidden and system files and folders when searching for a pst-file.

This selection will enable you to see a complete listing of all your Outlook files, which include all .pst files. Click once on the file you are trying to locate and then select the “Open Folder” option.  Then, a separate window will appear and transfer you directly to the folder you have been trying to locate. This should prove successful in finding your .pst file.

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