How to Open OST File without MS Outlook?

Jamie Kaler

If you are searching for a method to open your OST files in MS Outlook then perhaps the title may confuse you a bit. Because there is hardly any option on web which allows you to open your OST files without MS Outlook; except a few free file viewer tools which allows you to simply read the OST file content but does not let you save or download them on your machine for sharing. Thus, instead of discussing about how to open OST files without MS Outlook; we will show the method to open and import your OST file data within MS Outlook.

Although OST file is a MS Outlook data file format; but it becomes inaccessible outside exchange environment. This means, if your exchange server is crashed or you have an orphan OST file in your machine then directly you cannot read or open them within MS Outlook. Here, you have to first convert OST files into PST format; which is another type of Outlook data file.

How to Convert OST Files into PST Format?

Here we will discuss the two possible methods one can opt to migrate OST files into PST file format. And these are:

  1. Using a commercial OST to PST converter
  2. Following manual method for migration

Using a commercial OST to PST converter

This is one the most recommended and highly used method for saving OST files into PST format. Using OST to PST converter one can easily migrate complete data from an OST file into Outlook data file format. Here is the list of benefits of using OST to PST conversion wizard:

  1. You can convert multiple OST files into PST format in batch
  2. Complete data from an OST file can be saved into PST format
  3. Software ensures to keep the folder structure intact while saving OST to PST
  4. Keep the meta data and other properties intact after conversion
  5. Any size of OST file can be saved into PST format
  6. You can import the converted PST files within any MS Outlook versions.

Besides this, you can save ample of time in converting your OST files into PST format. Software like OST to PST converter is designed with a simple interface to ease the migration. Every technical or non-technical user can convert multiple OST files into PST format without any efforts.

Following Manual Method for Migration

As we have discussed above; using software solution to save OST to PST is best for effortless migration; manual conversion needs time and patience. Although there is no direct manual option available to save OST as PST format, you need to spend a lot of time with high expertise in OST to PST conversion.

Once you convert your OST file into PST file format, you can easily import them within your MS Outlook to read its content. In order to open a PST file within MS Outlook; you simply need to go to Menu >> File >> Open & Export > Open Outlook Data File >> Select PST file to open.

Jamie Kaler
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