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    Outlook Data Files Location ((Outlook 2007: 12.0.6316.5000 SP1 MSO 12.0.6320.5000) )

    I recently bit the bullet and completely reorganized my rather large cache of e-mails. I created a PST file for each year, named for example, 2008.pst, created all the folders I needed within each year, and moved all of the old mail from outlook.pst to their proper folder based on date. So now I have 4 .pst files. I relocated all outlook data folders to a folder in My Documents. Outlook is much faster now because all I open up is the outlook.pst file and it is the smallest of the 4. Every quarter I go in and move the e-mails from that quarter to their proper place in the proper folder. Example, I will soon create a new pst folder called 2009.pst and when April 1 comes along I'll move the first quarter mail to it from outlook.pst.

    Here is my question. This all works just fine but there is one small glitch. Whenever I do a FILE/OPEN/OUTLOOK DATA FOLDER, I am presented with the window pointing to the traditional location of pst files, namely OUTLOOK deep down under Local Settings. I can't find out how I make a change to have this window point instead to MY OUTLOOK DATA FOLDERS in MY DOCUMENTS. Can someone please tell me where to change this setting?

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    Re: Outlook Data Files Location ((Outlook 2007: 12.0.6316.5000 SP1 MSO 12.

    Click on File>Data File Management>Data Files tab>Tell Me More... and when Help opens, select "Change the data file where content is saved. This gives a pretty detailed explanation of how to accomplish what you wish.
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    Re: Outlook Data Files Location ((Outlook 2007: 12.0.6316.5000 SP1 MSO 12.

    I found the following instructions, but I can't make them work myself...

    Quit all instances of Outlook.
    Select Start | Run...
    Type regedit and press Enter or click OK.
    Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0Outloo k.
    Select Edit | New | Expandable String Value.
    Change the name of the new item to ForcePSTPath
    Double-click the new value and enter the full path of your pst files (you can copy it from the address bar of Windows Explorer)
    Click OK.
    Restart your PC, then start Outlook.

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    Re: Outlook Data Files Location ((Outlook 2007: 12.0.6316.5000 SP1 MSO 12.

    Is outlook.pst located in the default location or did you move it too?

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    I moved it too. All pst files are located in MY OUTLOOK DATA FILES under MY DOCUMENTS.

    Thank you,

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    [quote name='TomSr' post='773401' date='02-May-2009 06:59']I moved it too. All pst files are located in MY OUTLOOK DATA FILES under MY DOCUMENTS.

    Thank you,

    Tom[/quote]

    Did you following Hans' instructions above? How did that work?

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    I did not find a file called OUTLOOK in 12.0 as is indicated in Hans's post.

    He said it didn't work for him, and that didn't give me much comfort???

    See attached.

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    That's strange - there should be an Outlook key under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0 if you have Outlook 2007. Perhaps you should try a repair install or even uninstall and reinstall Office 2007.

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    Oops! I apologize. I did find the folder named Outlook and followed Hans's set of instructions and that did work for me.

    Thank you very much. Puzzle solved.

    Tom

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    [quote name='TomSr' post='773706' date='04-May-2009 15:45']Oops! I apologize. I did find the folder named Outlook and followed Hans's set of instructions and that did work for me.

    Thank you very much. Puzzle solved.

    Tom[/quote]

    That is good news.

    Thanks for posting back.

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