Open and find items in an archive Outlook Data File (.pst)

Open and find items in an archive Outlook Data File (.pst) By default, AutoArchive in Outlook regularly removes old and expired items from folders. You can set AutoArchive to move or copy old items to a designated archive folder or to automatically delete items. If you do not delete your archived items, they remain available to you in the archive folder.

 Note    The archive Outlook Data File (.pst) displays the same folder structure as in the file it archives. If a folder is empty in the archive, it means no items have been archived for that folder.

When an archive Outlook Data File (.pst) is open, to search for item you can use Instant Search in Outlook or Windows Search.

For more information on archiving items, including how to archive items manually or turn off AutoArchive, see Use AutoArchive to back up or delete items.

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Access archived items

To review items in your archive, do one of the following:

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Archive Outlook Data File (.pst) locations

The location of the archive Outlook Data File (.pst) varies depending on the version of Microsoft Windows that is running on your computer when the archive is created.

New archives created with Microsoft Outlook 2010 are saved in the following locations:

  • Windows 7 and Windows Vista     drive:\Users\user\Documents\Outlook Files\archive.pst
  • Windows XP    drive:\Documents and Settings\user \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\archive.pst

If your computer previously had an earlier version of Outlook installed, archive Outlook Data Files (.psts) created by the earlier versions of Outlook are saved in the following locations:

  • Windows 7 and Windows Vista    drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\archive.pst
  • Windows XP    drive:\Documents and Settings\user \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\archive.pst

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010