how to create a pst in outlook

MS Outlook, while working as a desktop email client, stores your emails and other items in Outlook data files (PST). A PST file stores users’ emails, contacts, calendars, journals and other items on the local disk. Therefore, PST data can only be accessed through Outlook configured on the system where it is stored. However, it is possible to transfer PST files to another system using a portable device (such as an external hard drive).

What Makes PST Files a Convenient File Format for Outlook Users?

PST files are portable. Moreover, they can be used to backup Exchange mailboxes or restore users mailboxes from OST files. The archive function of MS Outlook also uses the PST format to store old and unused items.

How to Create a New PST File in Outlook?

In some situations, users need to create a new PST file in Outlook. It is not a complicated task. To create a PST file, you need to follow the steps:

  1. Open MS Outlook, click New Items, select More Items and then click Outlook Data Files
  2. Name the new PST file (click on add optional password if you want to create a password protected PST file), then click OK.

Note: If prompted by Outlook, enter a password for the new PST file, verify it, and click OK.


In this blog, we learned the simple and easy process of creating a new PST file using the interface options of the Microsoft Outlook application. Users can protect their PST files while creating them. To deal with corrupt and inaccessible PST files, an all-rounder

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