How do I Convert an OBI File Extension So I Can Read it?

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How do I Convert an OBI File Extension So I Can Read it?
.obi files store data about users RSS feeds (e-mail simbol image by vladislav susoy from Fotolia.com)

Files that have .obi extensions are part of a set of files created by Microsoft Outlook to allow for easy back up of Outlook data, or for transfer of an Outlook account to another computer. The file will generally have a list of extensions, and be called Outlook.sharing.xml.obi. The purpose of the .obi file is to retain data about a user's RSS feeds. RSS, which is most often taken to mean "Really Simple Syndication" is used to alert people of news or blog updates.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Computer
  • File with .obi extension
  • Web browser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open "My Computer," click on the C:\ drive. Click on "Users" > "Local" and then "Application data" > "Microsoft" > "Outlook". The Outlook folder should contain the .obi file.

    If the "Application Data" folder is not visible the settings of the folder will need to be changed by the PC's administrator.

  2. 2

    Right click on the file and choose "copy."

  3. 3

    Go to your desktop, or another folder and right click, choose "paste."

  4. 4

    Right click on the .obi file you have just pasted onto your desktop and choose "Rename."

  5. 5

    Delete ".obi" from the file name, leaving the rest of the name intact. The file should now be named "Outlook.sharing.xml."

  6. 6

    Double click on the renamed file and it will open in a browser window allowing you to read the RSS files' names and http addresses.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not change any names or delete any files unless you are completely sure of what you are doing.

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