How to properly back up Microsoft Outlook

Performing a backup of your Microsoft Outlook data

The following walk through will guide you through the steps of backing up your Outlook data. Your contacts, messages, calendar entries, tasks, and all other email data is stored in a special file on your computer called a PST file. This file should be backed up regularly to ensure you do not lose your history in the event of a hardware failure.

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Steps To Backup Outlook

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Go to File and the Import And Export.
  3. Select Export To A File.
  4. Select “Personal Folders” and select the checkbox “Include Subfolders” and then click next.
  5. Click Browse and then select a location for the backup. We recommend creating a folder inside your My Documents folder called “Outlook Backup.”
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Click Ok.

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