connecting mail account to existing data file



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connecting mail account to existing data file

Postby R29ybW8 » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 05:09:02 GMT

I use imap with gmail in Outlook 2007.  I want to move my data file (.pst) to 
another computer.  I added a new data file on the new computer, selecting my 
existing .pst file that i had copied over, and can see the data in the folder 
tree.  However, there are 2 problems.  1- The "Categories" i had setup show 
the names, but not the colors of the categories.  2 - I created a new mail 
account, but it created a new .pst for my imap folder, and i want it deliver 
mail to my existing .pst file i copied over.  I cant figure out how to link a 
mail account to the existing data file.  Searched for, but cant find the 
answer.  please help!

Re: connecting mail account to existing data file

Postby Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook] » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 05:52:15 GMT

Whatever for?  Just create an IMAP account on the other computer and Outlook 
will sync with the server and show you exactly the same data as on the 
original PC.

The colors are local to each PC.  See this: 

Whenever you create an IMAP account, it creates a new PST for it.  Since all 
messages are maintained on the server, there's no need to transfer the PST.
Brian Tillman [MVP-Outlook] 

Re: connecting mail account to existing data file

Postby R29ybW8 » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 16:12:01 GMT

i organize my mail using "Categories".  The gmail server doesnt store the 
category information.  i was hoping to create a mail account on the new 
computer, and connected it to the existing .pst folder i copied from the old 
computer, which has my messages tagged with the categories.  The new mail 
account i created downloaded my messages from gmail, but the mail didnt have 
the categories assigned.  how can i restore this data?  Thank you!

Re: connecting mail account to existing data file

Postby Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook] » Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:18:05 GMT

I don't believe you can connect an IMAP account to a pre-existing PST, but 
an approach such as described here might work: 
Brian Tillman [MVP-Outlook] 

Re: connecting mail account to existing data file

Postby R29ybW8 » Thu, 05 Feb 2009 01:17:01 GMT

That link is for moving a .pst on the same computer, where you are 
reconnecting the same account to the same data file.  it doesnt look like 
there is a way to do this on a different computer.  I cant risk losing mail.  
i guess i should be organizing my mail using folders instead of categories 
since gmail does save folder info.  i just like applying multiple categories 
to a message, which cant be done with folders.  I'm surprised i cant find 
more documentation on this.  am i the only one using categories with gmail 
imap??  Thanks for your responses.  if you think of something, please post.

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