How to Change the File Type Default in Outlook 2007

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How to Change the File Type Default in Outlook 2007
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Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a task manager application that is a part of the Microsoft Office 2007 software package. Users can record and store notes, calendar appointments, create task lists and send and receive e-mails. When saving an item from Outlook 2007, the default file has PST extension, but that can easily be changed to any other type of file type or format in which you prefer the file to be saved. You can also use a change the default saving format and turn on the Unicode feature to support messages written in all kinds of languages.

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  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Outlook 2007 application on your computer. Locate the item you want to save, such as an e-mail, task, note or appointment.

  2. 2

    Click on the “File” option from the top tool bar menu and then click on the “Save As” option. Type a name for your file in the “File name” field.

  3. 3

    Click on the drop-down menu next to the “Save as type” file to change the default file type. Select the type of file to which you want the item saved and then click on the “Save” button.

  4. 4

    Click on the “Advance Options” option from the top tool bar menu to change the default format. Click on the “Other” option.

  5. 5

    Click on the “Options” button within the “Tool” menu, and then select the box next to the “Use Unicode Message Format when saving messages field.” Click on the “OK” button. The file type and format are now both changed from the default.

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