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ITS Locations

Help Desk

Teaching Learning Center Room 128
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Phone: (208) 885-4357 (HELP) 


ITS Administration Offices
Administration Building
Room 140
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3155
Moscow, ID 83844-3155
Phone: (208) 885-6721
Fax: (208) 885-7539

Media Center

Teaching Learning Center 131 
Phone: (208) 885-6411
Fax: (208) 885-0566

Records Management

Office of Records Management
Pitman Center (SUB)
Room 53
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4247
Moscow, ID 83844-4247
phone: (208) 885-2580

Current Hours of Operation
Mon: 7:30-4:30pm
Tue: 7:30-11:30am
Wed: 7:30-11:30am
Thur: 7:30-11:30am

Vandal Cards

Pitman Center (SUB)
Room 124
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4256
Moscow, ID 83844-4256
Phone: (208) 885-7522
Fax: (208) 885-9208

Telephone Services

Administration Building 
Room 133
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3155
Moscow, ID 83844-3155
Phone: (208) 885-5800
Fax: (208) 885-7539

Email Archive

E-mail Archiving

This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):

Windows        Macintosh


After Completion, you will have an archived .pst file of your entire inbox

While your Office 365 email account comes with 50 gigabytes of space and web access anywhere in the world, there are still times that a archive of your inbox may be desirable. Using Microsoft Outlook, creating a fully usable, portable snapshot of your inbox is easy!

What is a .pst file?

A .pst file stands for Personal Storage File. These container files act as mailboxes in Microsoft Exchange without the email sending and receiving functionality - instead they store any emails and contacts you choose in a single, convenient file.

.pst files can be useful as a backup if you anticipate being in an area where email and/or use will be difficult, but want access to your saved messages. They are also handy for moving large amounts of messages without giving a person access to your email account. Finally, .pst files provide the third-level of backup storage. Creating and updating a .pst file, then storing it on a thumb or network drive allows you to always come back to your email in case of catastrophe.

Create a .pst file in Outlook 2010/2013

With Outlook open, click the file tab at the top, then select Open & Export and select Import/Export from the menu. The Outlook Import and Export Wizard will open up and guide you through the process.

On the first screen, be sure to select Export to a File and click next. On the following screen, be sure to select Outlook Data File (.pst).

The next screen will have a tree structure of your current inbox. You can either select various folders to back up, or simply select the top item, youremail@uidaho.edu and make sure Include Subfolders is checked to make a backup of your entire inbox.

The final two screens will ask you to specify a location for your .pst file to save to, and ask if you would like to put a password on it.

That's it, you now have a working backup of your .pst file which you can transfer to another hard drive or computer!

Connecting your .pst file and recovering emails

Now that you have your .pst file, you can easily get back into it by "connecting" or "linking" it to an email client. PST files are a universally-accepted format and can be plugged in to Outlook, Thunderbird and many other email clients.

With Outlook open, click the file tab at the top, then the Account Settings button and finally Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

A new window will open up - here, click the Data Files tab, then Add... Navigate to the location of the .pst file on your hard drive and click ok to link up the archived mailbox.

The archived .pst file can be accessible by the mailbox-navigation tree panel on your Outlook (the left-most panel).