Offloading emails from Outlook

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    Great. I'll give it a whirl -- tomorrow is another day. Hope for better spring than last year.
    Happy Spring. ;-)
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    patriceltic said:
    Next problem - where do I find the .pst file. Did a search in Outlook - nada. Why do they make this so difficult. Thanks for your help tho.
    Microsoft, in its unfathomable wisdom, hides the .pst file as a system file. It believes users can't be trusted to know where this file is kept!!

    You'll have to use Windows Explorer to unhide system files (View > Options > Change folder and search options > View tab > scroll down to Hidden files and folders > select option button Show hideen files, folders and drives > also untick the next 4 boxes, incl. Hide protected system operating files (Recommended) - this needs to be unticked

    Use Windows Explorer to search for, then copy the .pst file.

    Now go back into File Explorer and follow the above steps again, but this time tick ONLY the Hide protected system operating files (Recommended) option. That's how your system file access should be left at. Why Microsoft insist on their ridiculous in-your-face-this-is-what-you-must-have default option is incomprehensible (especially hiding the file extension!!!!)
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    Infinite wisdom for sure!! Honestly -- thanks so much for that. I will give it a try and post back on the morrow. I really want to do this and I'm going nutz! Thanks again.

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    I located the .pst file this morning - when I click on it it says "must be opened from within Outlook". So I opened Outlook to free the emails I wish to copy but no deal. I thought that process would allow copying to flash drive but not so. So dead end right now. Thanks.

    I saw the following on another thread and am wondering if it is the same as Outlook.
    Windows 10 offers it's own built in email client as a store app which at least for me looks very good, no need to install any other mail client unless you seek specific features.
    Last edited by patriceltic; 21 Mar 2021 at 10:59.
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    Windows 11 Pro, Version 22H2

    To download emails from Outlook.COM, see How to Export Copy of Mailbox from
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    Wow. Thanks Shawn. I did it and it says as tutorial said, 4 days to complete. Now when I save them off of my pc, I can obviously selectively delete whatever I no longer want on pc! A bit deep but certainly doable. Thanks again. I'll let you know how I make out. You are the best!
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