Change an Outlook Data File name in the Folder Pane

The file name that you specify for an Outlook Data File (.pst) appears in the Folder Pane (Folder Pane: The column on the left side of the Outlook window that contains folders for each view, such as Mail or Calendar. Click a folder to show the items in the folder. Formerly the Navigation Pane in earlier releases.). Prior to Microsoft Outlook 2010, the default display name for Outlook Data Files (.pst) was Personal Folders. This can be confusing if you work with multiple Outlook Data Files (.pst) that were created in previous versions of Outlook. We recommend that you use a descriptive display name for each Outlook Data File (.pst).

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Account Settings, and then click Account Settings.
  3. On the Data Files tab, click the Outlook Data File (.pst) file, and then click Settings.
  4. In the Name box, enter a descriptive name for the Outlook Data File (.pst).

Outlook Data File dialog box

Changing the display name doesn’t rename the file. Only the name as it appears in the Folder Pane is changed.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2013