This article describes the process of opening an Outlook Data File (.pst).

To open a PST file in Outlook 2010/2013/2016/2019 follow these steps:

  1. Click on File
  2. Click on Account Settings and then click on Account settings
  3. Navigate to Data Files and click on Add, choose and open a PST file



or 

  1. Click on File
  2. Navigate to Open & Export and click on Open Outlook Data File

Select the .pst file you would like to open.


The PST file will appear in the left pane menu.

To open a PST file in Outlook 2007 follow these steps:

  1. Go to Tools > Account Settings.
  2. Navigate to Data Files and click on Add
  3. Choose Office Outlook Personal folders File and open a PST file
  4. It will appear in the left pane menu.

  •  If you need to import data to Outlook refer to the following article: How To Import Data To Outlook.
  • If a file gives the cannot be opened error, you can use Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe) to repair corrupted Personal Folders (.pst). Please refer to the article How To Use The Inbox Repair Tool for instructions.