Hello everybody. I'm a retired engineer. I volunteer to write database programs for various public charities and I've gotten into a complicated mess with office.
Last week the system disk on a 10-year-old XP box refused to boot. I have been running Outlook 2000 on that machine and I have PST files dating back to about 1990. Fortunately, being an old conservative mainframer, my data files were all on drives D: and E: and I have read them using my new Windows 7 box.
I then tried to install my old Outlook 2000 on the new Windows 7 box, but it would not run reliably.
I tried installing Thunderbird and importing my old PST files, but Thunderbird requires Outlook to be available to extract the data from the PST files and Outlook won't run.
Since I'm doing this for public charities I was able to get a donation of office 2013 (at a cost of only $32). I installed it on the new Windows 7 box.
Now I can't figure out how to point Outlook to my old PST files. Heck, I can't figure out how to make Outlook do anything, the menus are gone!
If I manage to get Outlook to open my old PST files, will it convert them from ANSI to Unicode? The old files had a maximum size of 2 GB so I had many archived files. Can I now import the archives into one main PST file? Is there a size limit on the new main PST file? How do I get Outlook 2013 to point to a PST file on drive D:?
Word 2000 was never reliable when formatting newsletters containing photos. I used WordPerfect instead. Will Word 2013 maintain formats in columnar newsletters, or should I plan on continuing with WordPerfect?
And, finally, is it worth my time and effort to try to learn how the ribbon works, or should I switch to using Thunderbird and OpenOffice? Will I be able to get Outlook 2013 to export all the PST files to a format Thunderbird can use?
Wappingers Falls, NY