Here's how to export your Outlook 2003 mailbox to a file. This is useful for both migrating computers and a general purpose backup.

1. Click File

2. Select Import and Export…

Export Option

3. Select Export to a file

4. Click Next >

Export to File

5. Select Personal Folder File (.pst)

6. Click Next >

PST File Selection

7. Select your Mailbox

8. Check Include subfolders

9. Click Next >

Folder to Export From

10. Select Allow duplicate items to be created

11. Click Browse… and select your desktop as the destination

Save Exported File as

12. Click OK

Select Ok

13. Click Finish

Finish Export

14. Select No Encryption

15. Click OK

PST Encryption Dialog

Importing your file to your new Mailbox

1. Click File

2. Select Import and Export…

Import Option

3. Select Import from another program or file

4. Click Next >

Import from Program or File

5. Select Personal Folder File (.pst)

6. Click Next >

PST Selection

7. Select Allow duplicates to be created

8. Click Browse… and navigate to your desktop where the backup was saved

9. Click Next >

Import Saved PST

10. Select your Mailbox

11. Make sure the Include subfolders box is checked

12. Select Import items into the same folder in: your current mailbox

13. Click Finish

Finish Import into Current Folder

That's how to export your Outlook 2003 mailbox to a file. Is this part of your migration or decommissioning procedures or were you just wondering how to do it?

If you want to check out more .PST goodness with Outlook 2003, head over to that post.

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