Opening the archive
I've always had Outlook automatically archive my old emails. Now I need something from my archive.
How do I access my archive?
The archive file is actually just another pst-file. If it doesn’t show in your folder list yet, you can open it via File-> Open-> Outlook Data File…
Most likely the file you need to select in that dialog is
archive.pst but you can verify which pst-file you have been archiving to via;
- Outlook 2007 and previous
Tools-> Options…-> tab Other-> button AutoArchive…
- Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016
File-> Options-> Advanced-> button AutoArchive Settings…
Do not Import to restore/open a message from your archive
You really should not use the “Import and Export…” option to access your archive. This will put all the mail back into your original mailbox. Besides the fact that this could be a long and tedious process, eventually these will get archived again and you’ll end up with duplicates in your archive.
You can lookup the location of your archive file in the AutoArchive options.