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Chapter 11. Outlook Essentials > How Outlook Stores Data

How Outlook Stores Data

As we mentioned earlier in this chapter, Outlook is, at its core, a flat-file database. When new mail arrives, or when you create and save a new item in one of Outlook's default folders (Contacts, for example), Outlook adds the new item to the location specified as the primary store. That location might be a local file, or it could be a set of folders on a Microsoft Exchange Server. The exact location depends on how you (and, in some cases, your network administrator) have configured Outlook. In most of the examples in this book, we assume that your primary store is a Personal Folders file (with a .pst extension) stored on your local PC.


Outlook 2003 includes several key changes to data file formats, which we explain in this section.


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