Steps to Recover the contacts and emails from an Outlook PST file

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Following the steps in this article, you will be able to recover your email messages, address book entries, and other data from your Outlook PST backup file, which can be used to restore data in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003, as well as in Outlook for Microsoft 365.

  • Restore the contents of an Outlook PST file, including mail, contacts, and data.
  • What is the best way to import a new PST file into Outlook?

Restore the contents of an Outlook PST file, including mail, contacts, and data

It is possible to restore Outlook data from a backup PST file to the same computer, another computer, or another email account using the instructions below.

  1. From the menu bar, select File > Open & Export > Import/Export from the drop-down list. In Outlook 2007 and 2003, go to File > Import and Export to get started.
  2. After selecting Import from another software or file, click the Next button.
  3. Depending on whatever version of Outlook you are using, choose either Outlook Data File (.pst) or Personal Folder File (PST), then click Next.
  4. Use the Browse button to identify and choose the PST file from which you want to import information.
  5. Choose one of the following options from the list:
  • Replace duplicates with imported items to avoid duplication: It imports all of the data and substitutes any data that is identical in the current PST file.
  • The ability to create duplicates: Imports all data and creates copies of objects that are the same as before. Every email and contact is imported into the PST file, regardless of whether or not they already exist in the PST file.
  • It is important to avoid duplication of data, so no duplicate data is imported.
  1. Click on the Next button.
  2. Select the folder to import from (optional), whether to add subfolders, and the location where the import will take place. Select Filter if you want to exclude certain emails from the import.
  3. Click Finish once you’ve finished configuring the import parameters.

What is the best way to import a new PST file into Outlook?

For those who want to import a PST file into Outlook and use it as a distinct data file, you’ll need to create a second account in addition to your primary one.

  1. Select File > Account Settings > Account Settings > Account Settings > Account Settings from the menu bar.
  2. From the Account Settings dialog box, select Data Files as the storage type.
  3. To add another PST file to Outlook, select Add from the File menu.
  4. After selecting the Outlook data file, click the OK button (.pst).
  5. Navigate to the location of the PST file, specify the file name, and then click OK.
  6. Right-click the PST file and select Set as Default from the context menu. The PST file will become the new default data file as a result of this.
  7. Click on the X to close the window.

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