OST files are located in the user’s system. But specifically where and how to access them becomes a question of grave concern. Sometimes users are so sceptical about them that they don’t wish to access OST files unless it is very much needed in the eleventh hour. When such situation arrives, at that point user starts looking for the possible location where the concerned OST file could be found. In the meantime, to look for the concerned OST file, the naive users tend to delete the real files instead of obsolete.
Is it really very easy to do? This question strikes the mind of the user whenever user thinks to locate the OST files. So, the abrupt response to any user for such question is – Yes, it is quite easy to locate the OST files and make the necessary changes. However, the condition applied is – ‘The location of OST file may differ with MS Outlook version being used’.
Locating OST files in different Outlook Versions
The location of OST files differs with Outlook version being used by the user. Here are the steps that clearly mention the OST file location in different versions of Outlook.
For Outlook 2003 and prior versions users
- Access Outlook 2003 platform followed by Tools -> Email Accounts
- Make selection of Microsoft Exchange Account followed by clicking the View button.
- Click Microsoft Exchange Button followed by Change button.
- A dialog box will appear. Now, click on More Settings and again a dialog box will appear.
- Make selection of Advanced tab.
- Hit the Offline Folder File Settings and here the location of OST file will appear.
Due to some technical issues and some advancement in the version, most of the professionals have started using MS Outlook 2007. Locating OST files in Outlook 2007 follows different path:
- Open Outlook 2007 platform.
- Click Tools -> Account Settings -> select Emails.
- Select MS Exchange Server followed by clicking ‘Change’ in ‘Change E-mail Account’.
- Hit the More Settings and a dialog box will appear.
- Now click Advanced tab to click Offline Folder File Settings.
- The ‘Offline Folder File Settings’ displays the location of OST file(s).
- Hit the File Field and copy the path.
- Paste the file path and get the OST file access.
What if you are an advanced user of Outlook and had been using Outlook 2010 for quite some time? Then definitely, steps to be followed must be different:
- Open Outlook 2010 platform followed by selecting File tab.
- Click Account Settings ->Account Settings. The Account Settings dialog box will appear.
- Select MS Exchange Server.
- Hit the Change button. The ‘Change Account’ message will be reflected.
- From more settings click the ‘Microsoft Exchange’ dialogue box.
- From Advanced tab, click the Offline file settings option. ‘Offline Data File Settings’ dialog box will appear. In the File field, the OST file can be seen.
If you are using Outlook 2013, then the procedure for finding the OST files is same as in Outlook 2007. But be sure to know the version of Outlook before you step into the process of search out of concerned OST files.
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