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PST File Viewer – Tool to Read Outlook Data Files Without Outlook

Published By Raj Kumar
Aswin Vijayan
Approved By Aswin Vijayan
Published On April 17th, 2021
Reading Time 3 Minutes Reading
Category Email Forensics

Microsoft Outlook is a desktop-based email client that works as a personal information manager for users. It offers foolproof emailing, contact management, scheduler, and Notes taker services to users worldwide. Features like graphical user interface, compatibility, and Windows-based operability make it a favorite of all types of users. Microsoft Outlook when used in conjunction with Exchange Server also provides the facility to work in offline mode which is an added advantage for users. But, sometimes there occurs a need to read PST files when there is no MS Outlook installed on the system. In such cases, Outlook Data File Viewer comes in help using which users can easily read PST file without Outlook installation.

Storage Location of Outlook Messages And Other Elements!!

Outlook keeps records of mailbox items in PST (Personal Storage Table) file on local hard disk of computers. By default, PST file is stored in User Data Folder. In order to navigate to PST file location in Windows 7 or Vista enter following in Address Bar or Run command:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Outlook\ (Windows 7)

%appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook\ (Windows XP)

Users can also open PST files from ‘Account Settings’ Windows in the Outlook application.

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Process for Opening Outlook Data File

The accessibility of PST files is completely dependent on the availability of MS Outlook applications. If you have Outlook application installed and configured properly through a POP3/IMAP account with a valid or dummy account you can preview all mailbox items. But in absence of Outlook, PST files cannot be accessed using any other application except third-party tools.

If you are amongst one of those users who wish to read PST file data without Outlook application, then Outlook Data File Viewer is the best solution for you. PST File Viewer is a standalone tool that does not require any pre-installments to preview multiple PST files data. Without having Outlook application installed in the system users can preview complete PST file items including emails, contacts, calendars, journals, and to-do lists detail-wise.

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Technical Insights Of Outlook Data File Viewer Tool

  • After downloading and installing Outlook data file viewer tool in the system, launch it from system to begin the process of opening Outlook data file data.

Choose scanning options i.e. Quick or Advance as per requirements and proceed to the next step. Advance scanning mode is helpful in the preview of severely corrupt PST file data.


  • After completing scanning process, the tool provides a preview of PST file mailbox items in software panel.

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  • Embedded email attachments and email properties view can be taken to analyze technical details of Outlook data file.

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Extended Support:-

  • Outlook Versions: Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010(32/64 bit), 2013 (32/64 bit), 2016 (32-bit)
  • Windows OS Versions: 2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, or Windows 7/8/8.1, 2008/2012 (32-bit & 64-bit)

Final Verdict

The tool is completely easy to use and reliable to view PST file without Outlook. For forensics investigation and detailed study about Outlook data file items, users can undoubtedly install the tool in the system. The PST file viewer tool does not hamper or delete any original information of the PST file during the scanning and preview process which is an added advantage for users. The non-compulsion of Outlook application makes Outlook data file viewer tool choice of millions of users.