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    Move Outlook 2002 Data File (Outlook 2002 SP3)

    This is a question that I've wrestled with several times over the years. Maybe someone here has a "quick answer"! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I like having my outlook.pst file in a directory of its own (OUTLOOK DATA). So I move it there. Following the Microsoft document "How to move your personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook 2002", I proceed. But when I get to the point where the old data pointer (C:docs & settingslocal......Outlookoutlook.pst) is to be removed, I get the message that I can't do it unless I change the datafile pointer, which, following the MS document, I've already done.. If I look in the View | Folders, I see the new folders with the data that I have moved. However,it still stays secondary to the empty default data folder. I've done this quite a few times and cannot seem to get Outlook to willingly accept the new location.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot everybody! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Move Outlook 2002 Data File (Outlook 2002 SP3)

    Here's a link to that article, for quick reference: How to move your personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook 2002.

    Where exactly do you get that error message?

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    Re: Move Outlook 2002 Data File (Outlook 2002 SP3)

    Thanks for the reference to the article. As it happens that's the same one I was using. Seems straight forward enough..

    The message comes at the point where, after having been at the point to "Deliver new e-mail to teh following location", designating the newly located personal folder and clicking "Finish", then going to Mail Setup, Data Files and clicking "Remove" for the old data file locatoin. My Outlook 2002 will not accept that.

    It's interesing ( I think ) that after designating the new location, I do not get the message indicated in the MS aricle that says "You have changed the default deliver location for you e-mail..........." If that means something, I don't know.

    I guess I'll just mess around until it works. Frankly, this seems like it should be an easy thing to do. Hence the little homolie at the end of my emails! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Move Outlook 2002 Data File (Outlook 2002 SP3)

    Try two steps. Set delivery to the new location. Save and exit data file updates. Close Outlook, making sure it finishes all its file updates. Then open Outlook again and see whether it worked and, if so, then remove the old PST.

    If the change is not taking, you could try creating a new profile. One convenient way is to use the Mail control panel (Start>Settings>Control Panel>Mail). Unfortunately, a lot of your settings are linked to a particular profile (such as menu and toolbar customizations), so this can entail some re-configuring or careful copy & paste.

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    Re: Move Outlook 2002 Data File (Outlook 2002 SP3)

    Thank you very much for that last suggestion. The changes were not "taking" in Outlook. Your suggestion of deleting the profile, making a new one that points to the correct data file did the trick. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to help me out. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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