Recover/export rules from a backup .PST

Reeve

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Outlook version
Outlook 2013 64 bit
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POP3
Installing an Office365 email account blasted my POP3 rules on Outlook 2013. Yes, Exchange Rules. Oh, wait--it doesn't rule, at least not Outlook rules.

I have full backup copies of my PST's and I need to either import those rules directly from the .PST or export the rules. I've dug into Rules | Options. Import runs but tells me the file (.PST) is an improper format. For Export, I can't figure out how to point the Export process to the .PST file with the rules.

I can't find any reference to importing rules directly from a .PST--assuming it's possible at all. When I open the backup .PST in Outlook, I can see email and contacts but rules don't export. I don't know how to "activate" the rules in the newly-opened file so they show up in the Rules list.

I'd be very grateful for the magical steps necessary to solve my problem or for a product recommendation.

Thank you!
 

Reeve

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Outlook version
Outlook 2013 64 bit
Email Account
POP3
Diane, thanks for your prompt response. Based your excellent article "Changing the Default Data File", I was able to find, recover, and reload my rules. Whew! However, I was unable to access the previous .PST file--when I used the Open file location window and selected the file, there was no Open button which you'd normally see in this context. Then I received a Must Close Dialog Box error but the only dialog open was Data Files/Outlook Data Files. Overall, this weird behavior looks like a bug. So I opened the backup .PST in Outlook to get it to appear in Account Settings | Data Files and then I didn't have to use the Open file location window.
 

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