Email communication is an integral part of any organization. Individuals also need the email service for various reasons. There are several platforms for email communication and one of the most widely recommended ones is Ms Outlook. It is trusted by users because of its advanced and user-friendly features. Apart from emails, it supports multiple features like Calendars, Tasks, Events, and Journals. All the data is saved in an email file format and the most common file formats are PST. There are two types of PST versions – ANSI and Unicode. The ANSI is the previous version of MS Outlook whereas the latest is Unicode. The latest version creates Unicode versions by default.

Origin of PST Unicode Version

The Unicode version of PST was launched by Microsoft to enhance the performance of MS Outlook. The ANSI has a storage limit of 1.5 GB. The limited storage slows down the performance of MS Outlook. The ANSI version may be well suitable for individuals. Companies need more storage space. That is the reason Microsoft launched Unicode. The initial limit of Unicode was 20 GB and later it is extended up to 50 GB. An enormous storage limit.

Creating an ANSI File in the Latest Outlook versions

Outlook 2003/2007 prompted users to use PST version to save data. After the release of MS Outlook 2010, the option was not mandatory. Now, the latest versions of MS Outlook allows users to save data in ANSI. The steps to create ANSI is the same for Outlook 2010 to 2016.

Step 1-Access MS Outlook and go to New Items. A drop menu will open. Take the cursor to ‘More Items’ and then ‘Outlook Data File’ option.


¬†Step 2– A new window ‘Create Outlook Data File’ is opened to save your file. Select the Outlook 97-2002 data file from the drop-down menu of ‘save as type’ to create an ANSI PST file.


That is all you need to do to create ANSI with the latest Outlook versions.


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