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How to Read Outlook PST File on MAC – Step by Step

Jaspreet Singh | Modified: 2021-06-21T02:21:44+00:00
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One of my clients sent me some PST files and I am using Mac Outlook. As these files incorporate some confidential information to which I need to access quickly. Can I read Outlook PST file on Mac? If yes then, how can this be done? Please, someone recommend me a simple technique for the same. Any help would be appreciated!


Just like the above-mentioned query, there are many queries asked by Outlook users related to the same issue. However, it is not so easy to find a relevant method to rectify this problematic situation. Thus, in this article, we are focusing on how to view PST file on Mac Outlook. Before that, let us go through a brief overview of the scenario.

The functionality of Microsoft Outlook for Windows and Mac is the same but, there mailbox storage database files are completely different from each other. Due to which it uses different file formats to store its mailbox database i.e., emails, contacts, calendars, tasks etc. Windows Outlook uses PST (Personal Storage Table) file to save data items, whereas Mac Outlook uses OLM file format for the same.

Sometimes, to fulfill the business requirements users may need to open Outlook PST file on Mac Outlook. Now, the issue is that accessing of PST file is limited to Windows Outlook and it cannot be viewed in Mac Outlook. The Microsoft development team has not rendered any import feature to read PST file in MS Outlook for Mac.

If you want to import PST file in Apple Mail or some other application, then you can try PST Converter for Mac. The software offers you to export the data into 5 different export options. You can download the tool for free and try all the features. To open PST file in Mac Outlook, you can go through the following steps.

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Thus, it becomes quite difficult when users want to access Outlook PST in Mac and the file is not supported in the targeted program. Thus, it is not a simple task and comprises a lot of risks with it. It is recommended that follow the guidelines sequentially to avoid any kind of data loss condition.

Manual Steps to Read Outlook PST File on Mac

  • Launch Microsoft Outlook on your Mac machine
  • Now, click on the File tab and select Import option from the menu list

File Tab

  • In Begin Import wizard, select the Outlook Data File (.pst or .olm) radio button

import wizard

  • Then, hit a click on the right arrow in the lower-right corner of the screen
  • Choose Outlook for Windows Data File (.pst) radio button from Choose a file type wizard

Save PST File

  • Then, hit a click on the right arrow in the lower-right corner
  • Navigate to the location of .pst file that you want to view and select it. Hit a click on Import button

archieve data file

  • When the Outlook will finish the import procedure successfully, click on Done

import complete

After this, you can simply view the contents of imported PST file in Mac Outlook. The imported items will be displayed in the navigation pane under On My Computer.

Now, it is important to note that the PST file has been converted into the OLM file format, which is the Mac Outlook data file. Now, Outlook will not export it back as PST.

The Final Verdict

The technology updates, changes, and increase with the requirements of end users. Therefore, considering the requirements of users, in this editorial, we have discussed the solution of a common user query i.e., how to read Outlook PST file on Mac. Now, users can simply open and view their Outlook PST in Mac OS even without any hassle as this solution is free, easy, and quick solution.


Q. Can I view multiple PST files on Mac Outlook?

A. Yes, you can easily add multiple PST files in Outlook for Mac 2019, 2016 and 2011.

Q. Can I access my PST file in Mac Mail?

A. Yes, you can use the tool mentioned in this article and easily access the file on Mac Mail.