Protect Outlook PST file with password

Geek 2.0 - June 01, 2020

Protect Outlook PST file with password - Intertuto

Learn how to keep your Outlook email archives private by following the instructions in this tutorial. Read on.


              Outlook keeps all messages, contacts and calendar data by password. You can also protect your PST files with a password. The role of the password is to protect your potentially sensitive files from the access of people with whom you share your computer.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 and Outlook for office 365.

Password protected access to an Outlook PST file

You will see a prompt appear when Outlook starts or when you open the file for the first time in an Outlook session when you apply a password to an Outlook PST file.

§ Open Outlook;

§ Go to the File tab and select Info;

§ Select Account settings> Account settings;

§ In the Account settings dialog box, select the Data files tab;

§ Choose the Outlook data file (.pst) for which you want to create a password;

§ Select Settings> Change password. If you have an Exchange account, the Change Password button will not appear. Your network password is used for your .pst password;

§ In the New password and Verify password text boxes, enter a password. The password must be between 8 and 15 characters long and can include a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols;

§ Select OK to save the new password;

§ Close the Account Settings dialog box.

The importance of this article is that it allows you to keep your Outlook email archive private. That is why in this article we teach you how to password protect a PST file in Outlook. Follow the directions to get there.

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