Account, profile, and PST naming in Outlook 2010 IMAP

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JandS

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Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
IMAP
Outlook 2010, 32-bit, on 64-bit W7, IMAP

I'm reinstalling Outlook on a new system and having difficulty controlling the naming of the account, profile, and PST to suit my own preferences.

Can anybody explain

1) which element corresponds to the "name" displayed at the top of the folders list in Outlook (the folder list that displays on the left side),

2) which step in the account or profile setup that this name is specified

3) how (if at all) the account or profile naming corresponds to the eventual name of the PST.

The reason I ask is that somehow I'm getting the PST being displayed in the "Account Settings > Data Files" as a hyphenated, two-part name, possibly composed of the IMAP provider's name plus "space-hyphen-space" and the Outlook profile name. I'm old school, I don't like spaces and hyphens in file names and I didn't intend the filename to be this.

My system is getting littered with mal-named PSTs and multiple profiles/accounts I just want to get on with things!
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
You have little control over pst names for IMAP accounts. Outlook names them using your email address and profile name, which is what you are seeing. You can't rename IMAP pst files.




You can rename pst files used by pop accountsfor for archives.
 

JandS

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Email Account
IMAP
Ah, yes, I see some that have the email in the name, too. Double ick. :( Perhaps 2010's current naming convention is different than it was in earlier versions, then, as I think I brought forward some PSTs from long ago (v. 2003) that were not named this way.

So as far as the name that's shown above the folders, then, it looks like that's the profile name?

You have little control over pst names for IMAP accounts. Outlook names them using your email address and profile name, which is what you are seeing. You can't rename IMAP pst files.

You can rename pst files used by pop accountsfor for archives.
 
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