Know How OST Recovery Tool Works

A step by step guide to show you how to recover OST file data and export it into Office 365, PST, EML, MSG & HTML File Format.

STEP 1

Go to the start menu click on All Programs » SysTools OST Recovery.

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STEP 2

Once the software is launched, Click on the "Add File" button as shown below:

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As soon as you click on the Add Files button, "Add File" Window pops up to let you select one of the given options like

  • Select File
  • Search File

Select file

Click on the "Select File" radio button and browse the OST file click on the “...” button.

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Now, Browse the desired OST file, select it and click on "Open" button.

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Now, the software displays the path of selected OST file in textbox near to Browse button

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STEP 4

Search file

If you click on Select Search Option then there are two more options for searching the .OST files.

  • Search Selected Drive: To search the file from Selected Drive.
  • Search All Drive: To search the file from all the Drives.

Select "Search Selected Drive" to get all the OST file stored in a particular local drive. Press "Search" button.

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Click OK when 'Search Sucessfully Completed Message' Pops up.

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After the searching process is completed, the software displays the list of OST files stored on entire drive as shown.

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STEP 5

SysTools OST Recovery software supports to remove two Outlook Email Encryptions SMIME and OpenPGP in OST files

  1. SMIME: This encryption type encrypt Outlook emails using Certificates.
  2. OpenPGP: This encryption type encrypt Outlook emails using Public and Private Keys.

To remove encryption from Outlook Email Messages in OST file:



Click Here: Outlook Email Decryption


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STEP 6

Now you can see the storage path of OST file. The software provides two modes for scanning: Quick and Advance.

  • Quick scanning mode: Provides faster recovery of OST files.
  • Advance mode: If you are not able to view the data after using quick scan mode or if the OST file is highly corrupted then use the Advance scan mode. As it is designed for deep data recovery task. This Software support Advance Scan on 64 bit OS also. To recover permanently deleted items from OST file, choose Advance scan option.

Once the file is selected, Click on Add button to proceed further.

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STEP 7

The software will start the scanning process of OST file.

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STEP 8

As soon as the scanning process is completed a dialog box appears confirming success of the scanning process, the left most panel displays the list of folders in the complete folder/directory hierarchy. Now user can save scanned OST files if he needs. Click on Yes button if you want to save the scan results for the OST file.

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STEP 9

The Left Panel of the software displays existing folders in Source OST files in 2 Fonts.

  • Bold: The Folder Name displayed in Bold font contains data in it.
  • Unbold: The unbold folders denoted empty folders.
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In the left hand side software panel displays the folder hierarchy of all loaded OST files. To collapse them, right click in the panel, it provides option 'Collapse All'

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The OST Recovery software displays deleted emails in Red Color in the preview panel, so that the user can easily identify the recovered deleted items from a OST file.

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All OST file items can be previewed on the software interface in 8 different formats. They are Normal Mail View, Hex, Properties, Message Header, MIME, HTML, RTF and Attachments.

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Attachments: Preview Attachments present inside a particular email by clicking on the Attachments tab. It displays the list of attachments along with details present in the same & upon selection, the attachment is previewed on the bottom right corner.

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STEP 10

View Outlook OST File Items

Now you can view all the folders and mailbox items. There are tabs: Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Journal and Folder list in the left side of the window to show specific OST file items.

Click on Mail to view only emails.

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Click on Calendars tab to view events from all mailbox items.

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Click on Contacts tab to view the address book information in the OST file.

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Click on Tasks tab to view all Tasks in the selected OST file.

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Click on Notes tab to view all Notes in the selected OST file.

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Click on Journals tab to view all journals in the selected OST file.

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You can switch the display pane in two ways to get a better view of the email data details such as Horizontal & Vertical View. By default, the email data is displayed in Horizontal View. Press Vertical to view data in vertical panel.

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STEP 11

Select the Export Button to migrate all OST file data items together.

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Or select the Export Selected option to migrate only particular selected files in an OST data file item.

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Export Options

STEP 12

Export as PST Format

While the "PST" radio button is selected, Click on the "Advanced setting" button as shown below:

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Now, Provide the following settings:

Split PST: To Split all the PST files using the size that can limit the size of the PST files.

Date filter option: This allows the user to migrate specific data according to the date from the OST files.

Categories: As per which we can export the specific components of the OST file such as mails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, and journals.

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Once the settings have been specified, click on the "save" button.

Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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STEP 14

On the previous menu, Click on the "Browse" button to provide destination folder to save the resultant file/s.

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Select the location as the final destination on the next window and click on "OK".

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The Path of the file selected will be displayed in the corresponding text box to the "Browse" button.

Check "Maintain Folder Heirarchy" option to have same order of folders (with same name) as in source file in the resultant PST file generated.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Heirarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant PST file generated.

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Click on "Export" button to save the previewed items in PST file format.

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The software will start the export process now.

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Once the export process is complete, Then the following message would be prompted. Click on "OK".

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The following window will show the success as well as fail count as follows:

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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STEP 20

Now, Specify the location where the CSV file can be saved. And click on the "Save" button.

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The following prompt will be generated as follows as the report is saved successfully. Press OK.

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STEP 21

Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 22

You can View Final PST file/s in the specific destination location provided by the user.

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STEP 12

Export as MSG Format

Click on the "MSG" Radio button and click on the "Advanced Settings" button.

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STEP 13

Now, You can provide various advanced settings:

Naming Convention: You can select the naming convention for the final converted files such as subject, subject + date, etc.

Date filter option: You can provide the from date and to date interval in order to perform the selective export.

Categories: This includes the mails, contacts, calendars, task, etc.

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Once, You have specified all the settings, Click on the "Save" button.

Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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On the previous menu, Click on the "Browse" button.

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Now, Navigate to the required destination location folder to save the MSG file.

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Click on the "OK" button.


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The address location (path) of the selected destination folder will be displayed in the corresponding text box of "Browse" button.

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Check "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" option to maintain same order of folders (with same name) as in source file (OST) in the resultant MSG file generated.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Heirarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant MSG file generated.

Click on "Export" button to save the previewed items in MSG file format.

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The Export process will now start as follows:

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STEP 19

Once the export process is complete, Then the following message would be prompted. Click on "OK".

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The Export Report will be generated showing the success and fail count for the export process.

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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STEP 20

Now, Specify the location where the CSV file can be saved. And click on the "Save" button.

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The following prompt will be generated as follows as the report is saved successfully. Press OK.

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STEP 21

Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 22

Preview the generated MSG file in the Destination location

The generated Folder will contain all folders(heirarchy) as that in source file

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Preview the Resultant MSG file created.

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STEP 12

Export as EML Format

Click on the "EML" Radio button and click on the "Advanced Settings" button.

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On the Advanced settings you can specify the settings for EML file conversion:

Naming Convention: This refers to the naming scenario such as subject, subject + date, etc.

Date Filter Option: This refers to specifying the from date and to date to perform customized export for the files.

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Once the settings are specified. Click on the "Save" button.

Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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On the previous menu, Click on the "Browse" button.

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Now, Navigate to the required destination location folder to save the EML file.

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Click on the "OK" button.


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The address location (path) of the selected destination folder will be displayed in the corresponding text box of "Browse" button.

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Check "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" option to maintain same order of folders (with same name) as in source OST file in the resultant EML file generated.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant EML file generated.

Click on "Export" button to save the previewed items in MSG file format.

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STEP 18

The Export process will now start as follows:

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STEP 19

Once the export process is complete, Then the following message would be prompted. Click on "OK".

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STEP 20

The Export Report will be generated showing the success and fail count for the export process.

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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STEP 21

Now, Specify the location where the CSV file can be saved. And click on the "Save" button.

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The following prompt will be generated as follows as the report is saved successfully. Press OK.

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STEP 22

Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 23

Preview the generated EML file in the Destination location

The generated Folder will contain the Inbox (EML is only for Emails) folder as that in the source file

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Preview the Resultant EML files created.

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STEP 12

Export as HTML Format

Click on the "HTML" Radio button and click on the "Advanced Settings" button.

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STEP 13

On the Advanced settings you can specify the settings for HTML file conversion:

Naming Convention: You can select the naming convention for the final converted files such as subject, subject + date, etc.

Date filter option: You can provide the from date and to date interval in order to perform the selective export.

Categories: This includes the mails, contacts, calendars, task, etc.

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Once, You have specified all the settings, Click on the "Save" button.

Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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On the previous menu, Click on the "Browse" button.

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Now, Navigate to the required destination location folder to save the HTML file.

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Click on the "OK" button.


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The address location (path) of the selected destination folder will be displayed in the corresponding text box of "Browse" button.

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Check "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" option to maintain same order of folders (with same name) as in source OST file in the resultant HTML file generated.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant HTML file generated.

Click on "Export" button to save the previewed items in MSG file format.

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STEP 18

The Export process will now start as follows:

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STEP 19

Once the export process is complete, Then the following message would be prompted. Click on "OK".

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STEP 20

The Export Report will be generated showing the success and fail count for the export process.

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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STEP 21

Now, Specify the location where the CSV file can be saved. And click on the "Save" button.

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The following prompt will be generated as follows as the report is saved successfully. Press OK.

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STEP 22

Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 23

Preview the generated HTML file in the Destination location

The generated Folder will contain all folders (Hierarchy) as that in source file

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Preview the Resultant HTML file created.

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STEP 12

For Export Selected items to Office 365

To export only selected files to Office 365 account

Select the Office 365 Radio Button.

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Note: To Export all data items from the Source OST file to Office 365, Go to step No. 17


STEP 13

You can Provide Username and password in Advance Settings option or directly in User Validation section for Export Selected.

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STEP 14

In Advanced Settings Option, provide User name & Password. Press Save.

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Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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Click on General settings.

Date Filter: This refers to the specified date interval value that is to be provided and according to which the data is to be exported.

Categories: This refers to the categorized transfer of data as per the folders such as mails, calendars, contacts, etc.

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Press Save.

Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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Or provide Username & Password Directly in the previous Window displayed

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Click on Validate Option for validating the provided Office 365 credentials.

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STEP 16

Sucessfull validation generates a Green Tick near the Username text box, (if credentials provided are valid). Then Press Export button

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STEP 17

To Export All Items in Office 365

To Export all data items from a OST data file to Office 365 account.

Select the Office 365 Radio Button, Click on the "Advanced Settings" button.

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STEP 18

  • Office 365 Settings:

User Account Impersonation

  • Admin SMTP: Provide the Admin username for the admin account
  • Password: Provide the password for the admin account.
  • Admin account of Office365 must have E3 license assigned, you must be able to access OWA for admin.
  • Admin account of Office365 must be impersonated. How to Apply impersonation, watch video.
  • Check if you have login as administrator on your machine (where tool is running)?

Press "Save" button.

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Click OK when a pop-up message: 'Settings saved successfully' appears.

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General Settings:

  • Date Filter: This refers to the specified date interval value that is to be provided and according to which the data is to be exported.
  • Categories: This refers to the categorized transfer of data as per the folders such as mails, calendars, contacts, etc.

Press "Save" button.

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Click OK when a pop-up message: Settings saved successfully' appears.

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STEP 19

Once the settings are saved click on the "Enter destination Mailbox" button on the previous menu.

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STEP 20

Check "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" option to maintain same order of folders and folder names (as in source OST file) in the resultant folder imported in Office 365 account.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant folder imported in Office 365 account.

Click on "Next" button.

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On the Next button, a new Export Option window will opened. Provide the destination mailbox name, and it would be validated by the software at the same time.

Once validated, Click on the "Export" button.

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The software will start the export procedure.

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Once the export process is completed successfully. Following message will prompt. Click on "OK".

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The Export Report will be generated showing the success and fail count for the export process.

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STEP 22

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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STEP 23

Provide the name and location for the export report and click on "Save" button.

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The export report will be saved successfully. Press OK.

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Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 24

Instead of entering Destination Mailbox name, user can use 'Provide Destination Office 365 Account from CSV' option.

To use the CSV mode, generate a CSV file from the software interface itself.

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To auto-generate a CSV file click on the "Auto-generate CSV" label as follows:

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Now specify the name and location for the Generated CSV File and click on "Save" button.

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A message will pop-up, saying, 'Sucessfully generated CSV file, Enter proper credentials, and browse the same file'. Press OK.

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Now Open the the saved sample CSV file generated, and provide the required mailbox credentials (Username & Password) as follows. Then the save the file.

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STEP 26

Now, back in the previous Window, click on the "Browse" button.

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Navigate and select the CSV file (Generated and saved now in the above step.) which contains Office 365 Mailbox credentials.

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The Address location (path) of the CSV file selected will be shown on the Software User Interface as follows.

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STEP 27

Check "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" option to maintain same order of folders and folder names (as in source OST file) in the resultant folder imported in Office 365 account.

Or check "Don't Export Empty Folders" after unchecking "Maintain Folder Hierarchy" to avoid empty folders in resultant folder imported in Office 365 account.

Click on "Next" button.

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STEP 28

The credentials will be validated now. A Green Tick will be displayed in Export Option Window.

Once validation is done click on "Export" button.

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STEP 29

The Export process will start now.

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Once the export process is complete, Then the following message would be prompted. Click on "OK".

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STEP 30

The Export Report will be generated showing the success and fail count for the export process.

Click on the "Save" Button to Save Export Report in the CSV file format.

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Now, Specify the location where the CSV file can be saved. And click on the "Save" button.

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The following prompt will be generated as follows as the report is saved successfully. Press OK.

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Now, You can preview the Export Report of the whole process in the CSV file from the proposed destination location.

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STEP 32

Preview the Export data items in Office 365 account.

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