Is there a way to change the default location of new .pst file when create a new e-mail account in Outlook? Different versions of Outlook use different default locations to store pst files. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change default location for Outlook .PST & .OST data file using a registry trick. It works with all versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003.
1. Press the Win + R keys in a meanwhile to open the Run box. Type and click .
2. When the Registry Editor launches, navigate to one of the following keys, depend on your Outlook version:
3. At the right-side pane, right-click on any blank area and select -> .
4. Name the newly created value as , then double-click on it. On the dialog, enter the new default location where you wish to store the PST file for Outlook new profile, and click .
: To change the default location folder of .ost files generated by exchange accounts, you can create an expandable string value and name it as .
5. Close the Registry Editor and restart Microsoft Outlook application. From now on, when you set up a new email account, Outlook will automatically create a new PST file in the new default location.
This method won’t affect the location of existing .pst files. If you want to change the location of existing pst file, follow these steps:
1. Exit the Outlook application. Locate your .pst file in Windows Explorer and move it to a new location.
2. Restart Outlook. An error dialog box appears that notifies you that an Outlook Data File (.pst) could not be found. Click .
3. It will open the dialog box. Browse to the new location, select the Outlook Data File (.pst) that you moved, and then click .
4. When you see a warning message, just ignore it by clicking . Now you’ve successfully moved your existing pst file to a new location.