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I am using Outlook 2007, and I have a nagging question:

I need to reinstall my OS but, I have to keep my Outlook email list. However I can't seem to find where it's saving them.

Maybe I should but I don't use contacts. So no, it's not in contacts. When I type an email outlook just prepopulates the "to" field. Then based on the fist letter I've typed it gives me choices of email address that I've mailed to before.

I know from this that outlook has stored the info but I can't find where so as to copy this file. Please help. Thanks.
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Open Outlook.
Then go to Tools/Options/Mail Setup/Data Files.
Click on Open Folder and back up the .PST file.
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Go to your C:\\ drive (or whatever disk Outlook is installed on), then follow this path:
C:\\Documents and Settings\\*USERNAME*\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Outlook

And find the file with extension .NK2. This has all your auto-complete information for e-mail addresses.

I would check the add-ins section of Outlook (Tools -> Trusted Center) and install the add-in that automatically adds your sender's e-mail to your Contacts. Using Contacts is MUCH easier than relying on auto-complete, because the Contacts folder is very easily exported in Outlook.
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Open Outlook.
Then go to Tools/Options/Mail Setup/Data Files.
Click on Open Folder and back up the .PST file.
That file stores folder information (Contacts, Calendar, etc.). I don't believe it has the auto-complete info, which is stored in the .NK2 file. The PST file can also be backed up in Outlook by going to File -> Import and Export ->Export to a file.
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The auto complete in the "To" field is created as you enter address to send to. To the best of my knowledge there is not a way yo back that up. The .pst file does not store that data. You are going to have to retype all the addresses manually to re-populate that auto-complete feature in the fresh install of office.
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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post
Go to your C: drive (or whatever disk Outlook is installed on), then follow this path:
Cocuments and Settings*USERNAME*Application DataMicrosoftOutlook

And find the file with extension .NK2. This has all your auto-complete information for e-mail addresses.

I would check the add-ins section of Outlook (Tools -> Trusted Center) and install the add-in that automatically adds your sender's e-mail to your Contacts. Using Contacts is MUCH easier than relying on auto-complete, because the Contacts folder is very easily exported in Outlook.
Where can I get this add-in? I checked and do not have it.
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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post
Go to your C: drive (or whatever disk Outlook is installed on), then follow this path:
Cocuments and Settings*USERNAME*Application DataMicrosoftOutlook

And find the file with extension .NK2. This has all your auto-complete information for e-mail addresses.

I would check the add-ins section of Outlook (Tools -> Trusted Center) and install the add-in that automatically adds your sender's e-mail to your Contacts. Using Contacts is MUCH easier than relying on auto-complete, because the Contacts folder is very easily exported in Outlook.
All I do is copy the entire Outlook folder listed above. Then after I reinstall, and before ever opening outlook, I just recopy the Outlook folder back. Then the first time I run Outlook, it restores all my settings, emails and contacts.
Edited by ericeod - 2/25/09 at 4:45pm
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Ok I just found the outlook .nk2 file and backed it up.

So all I have to do is import this once I reinstall right?
Edited by APOLLOSTEES - 2/25/09 at 4:37pm
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Ok I just found the outlook .nk2 file and backed it up.

So all I have to do is import this once I reinstall right?
Just manually copy it back into the same folder from the path I gave above and yes, it will restore the auto-complete.
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