Outlook : Java Glossary


Microsoft bundles a pair of email programs Outlook and Outlook Express with their Windows OSes (Operating Systems). In Vista, they have renamed it to Windows Mail. Outlook Express is smaller and faster, but has fewer features. The main additional features of Outlook are: Outlook Express is capable of forwarding messages without wrapping them in clumsy enclosures. Both programs are highly susceptible to viruses and worms that target them and their address lists.


To backup Outlook Express files, first discover where it is putting them with Tools ⇒ Options ⇒ Maintenance ⇒ Store Folder. Then back up all the files in that folder. They will be *.dbx files named after each mailbox. In XP, they will live in a place like "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\ApplicationData\Identities\gibberish\Microsoft\Outlook\*.dbx"

You can find the Outlook files under XP in "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst". outlook.pst is a giant file with everything in it.

In Vista, look in "C:\Users\user\Local Settings\AppData\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst".

In Windows 7, look in C:\Users\user\Local\AppData\Microsoft\outlook\outlook.pst for the main database. Look in C:\Users\user\Local\AppData\Microsoft\outlook\Accounts\ for the files defining each email account. Look in C:\Users\user\Roaming\AppData\Microsoft\outlook\extend.dat additional datafiles.

mailbox.PAB is the address book. archive.pst will be your archived mail. Outlook.NK2 will be the autocomplete nickname file.

To backup the address book, Export it as a CSV (Comma-Separated Value) file.

To backup a mail account, click Tools ⇒ Accounts ⇒ Mail ⇒ Export.

To backup newsgroups, click Tools ⇒ Accounts ⇒ News ⇒ Export.

It is best to have backups in as many different formats as possible in case future software is incompatible with your backups.


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