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Importing .pst (Microsoft Outlook mail file) into Outlook 6

by keyslife / April 9, 2006 6:53 AM PDT


A while back, I changed ISP and have since been using SBC's yahoo mail utility. However, I had copied (and stored) my old .pst email file from Microsoft Outlook before giving my computer a thorough cleaning.

My problem is - I cannot seem to "import" this .pst file into my newly installed Microsoft Outlook 6 program so I can view and access my old email messages. Everything I have found on Microsoft's website seem to point to importing from one utility to another....I have one utility (Outlook 6) but only the old .pst file that I want to import. I have tried putting the old .pst file where it used to be (default) in the owner local settings but it doesn't pick it up!! what I am missing here?? Gawd, I would like to access my old email messages!

Please help!


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by tomron / April 9, 2006 1:39 PM PDT

This LINK shows how to "Import from another program or file".Not sure if this is what you are looking for.


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Do you mean import into Outlook Express version 6?

I ask because Outlook (does use PST files) is not the same as Outlook Express (does not use PST files but can import from them) despite similar names. There isn't an Outlook 6 (Outlook 97, 98, 2000, XP, 2003 yes but Outlook 6 NO!). Click the Help menu of the email program and the About selection will tell which you have (as will the splash screen when it starts up).

If you meant Outlook Express 6, then the following should work.

1. Copy the PST file to your hard drive.
2. Right click on it and select Properties.
3. If the Properties dialog has Read Only checked, UNCHECK IT.
4. Click OK button (whether it was checked or you had to uncheck it)
5. Start Outlook Express
6. Click on File menu then select Import then Messages
7. Scroll the next window to Microsoft Outlook and select it
8. Click Next then either All Folders or Selected Folders (If choosing Selected Folders Hold down the CTRL key and click once on each folder you want to import)
9. When selection is complete click Next and continue following prompts.

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THANKS! this worked.
by keyslife / April 10, 2006 9:20 AM PDT

THANKS, this worked. I should have been more was Outlook Express 6.

For some reason, I assumed that I couldn't import from a simple file and needed to import from another existing application. Dang. Anyway, I really appreciate you taking the time to help!!


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