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Five free programs to view Outlook files without an email client


Mail client Microsoft Outlook stores user data not only on a remote server. Account data using the POP and IMAP protocols can be stored by the mail client in format files Pst available offline. Files Pst can be used as a backup copy of emails, contacts, calendar events and other data, as well as for transferring them to another computer with an installed mail client from Microsoft.

Now imagine a situation where you have a previously saved file on hand Pst but not yet Outlook, but you need to view the contents of the file. Open Pst -file with a regular text editor will not work, but there are programs that can read Pst without the help of any means Microsoft. Today we will meet three such applications - SysInfoTools PST File Viewer, BitRecover PST Viewer and Gain Tools PST Converter.

SysInfoTools PST File Viewer

The possibilities of the free version of this program are limited, it only allows you to view the headers, sender address and date of receipt of the letter, which, of course, is not enough. The application supports the export of read data to HTML format, but again in the free version the data will be exported to a limited extent.

Of the pluses, it should be noted advanced search, creating snapshots of the current program states, search Pst -files on the local disk, maintaining a detailed log of actions. And also Pst file viewer from SysInfoTools can read Pst files with damaged structure.

BitRecover PST Viewer

Unlike SysInfoTools PST File Viewer, this tool is devoid of any additional functions like exporting to other formats, all it can do is open Pst -files.

The contents of the mail client files are available in full. Supports simultaneous viewing of multiple files Pst , including damaged, password protected, and having attachments, data is displayed in a formatted, easy-to-read format. BitRecover PST Viewer understands encodings Ansi and Unicode able to work with Pst -files larger than 2 GB.

Gain Tools PST Converter

Judging by the name, this program is intended for converting Pst -files to other formats, but with the same success it can be used as a viewer.

Gain Tools PST Converter also supports viewing content Pst -base Outlook in full, not including investments. The utility can extract from files Pst contacts in Vcf convert Pst at Mbox , Msg and Eml / emlx . Gain Tools PST Converter paid, but the limitations of the test version affect only the conversion functions.

Note: before opening a file Pst in third-party programs, make sure that it is not used by other applications.

Kernel Outlook PST Viewer

The program perfectly displays English letters, however, recognition of other languages ​​can cause problems. Also, the utility supports attached image files of one format, but may not support other types of image files. The interface is very convenient and aesthetically attractive. At the same time, some icons may seem strange. Determining their function visually, without trial activation, is quite difficult. Interestingly, some types of backup software were installed with Kernel Outlook PST Viewer.

CoolUtils Outlook Viewer

This free program is installed in the usual way and does not have hidden software or advertising elements. First of all, it asks for synchronization with the .pst file and displays the contents in the same way as Outlook. With it, you can view all the messages in the PST file and convert them to EML in standard or batch mode. You can also create a report of selected messages, saving it as a separate file. The report will contain information from all fields of the letter with the exception of the message body, while you can select specific fields by ticking them. Reports can be saved as PDF, CSV, XLS, TXT and HTML files.

This program works very fast, so you do not have to wait long for the result. A clear multilingual interface is designed for users of any category, regardless of experience.

PST Viewer Pro

The installation process for this program is quite complicated. First, you will be asked to download the installer, which is designed to install the version of PST Viewer Pro and offers to install it immediately. At some point, it will seem to you that the process is complete, but soon you will find that the installation is still ongoing. Although the process may seem tedious, it’s better to be patient and bring it to the end. In addition to PST, the program supports OST, EML and MSG formats.

You can use the program for free only within 15 days after installation. The utility does not request synchronization with .pst or .ost files. The navigation window displays all files stored on hard drives. Recognizing and decrypting a PST file takes some time, but the content is displayed correctly, regardless of the language in which it is written.

The program integrates with the mail client and allows you to reply to messages and redirect them without interrupting work. Messages can be exported in various formats.

SysTools Outlook PST Viewer

This viewer is straightforward and displays messages contained only in .pst files, as well as attachment files. Exporting .pst files takes some time, and some types of files open for quite some time. One way or another, if you need a simple viewer, without unnecessary "bells and whistles", this program is suitable for you. The utility does not contain malicious elements or spam.

Using the Pro version, you can export letters to PDF. License cost - $ 69.


PST File Viewer - PST Viewer is a powerful content management tool for Microsoft Outlook .PST files.

PST Viewer is used to view, edit, convert and work with Outlook PST files, but also allows you to open letters stored in .MSG and .EML files.

To install PSTViewer, MAPI or Microsoft Outlook is not required, which makes this program very convenient for working with old .pst files.

PSTViewer works with any .pst files that were created after Outlook 2000, including .pst files in Unicode format.


  • Open PST files, including password-protected ones, without entering a password.
  • View Outlook .msg email files (including embedded OLEs) without MAPI or Outlook
  • View .msg files in the format of notes, tasks, calendar items, and Outlook contacts
  • View .eml Email Files in RFC-822 Format
  • Search for emails without advanced search criteria
  • Export letters to PDF. Attach PDF attachments or convert them to PDF ..
  • Reply to emails or forward them using a standard email client
  • Search letters by their fields, such as "message text", "sender", "recipient", "copy recipient", "subject", date range, header
  • View messages in recursive directories
  • Open messages saved as read-only
  • View MAPI Properties
  • View Internet Header
  • Export file attachments from emails
  • Select up to several thousand letters for printing, export or conversion
  • Automatically extract attachments from emails
  • Print letters
  • View emails in RTF, HTML or Text format
  • Copy selected letters
  • Convert letters to PDF, MHT, HTML, TXT, JPG, TIF, CSV, PNG, BMP
  • Keep a list of favorites
  • Set as a standard application for .pst, .msg or .eml files
  • Perform unattended installation from the command line for company-wide deployment
  • Print from the command line
  • Convert from the command line (msg / eml to PDF or other formats)
  • Customize user interface
  • Name exported letters with numbered stamps
  • View default emails in text mode
  • Choose the menu language - Russian, English, French, Italian, German, Polish or Portuguese.
  • There are usage licenses, testing licenses, special licenses and product adaptation licenses.

* Requires Microsoft Windows 10/8/7). Before installing, you must update Microsoft programs. Minimum hardware requirements: 1 GB of RAM. The processor is 1 GHz. 100 MB of disk space.

How to recover an Outlook data file (.pst)?

In case you use an account that accesses e-mail through application layer protocols IMAP or "POP"then to troubleshoot with PST file data you will need to follow some simple steps.

In this section of our article, we will consider a method for diagnosing and correcting errors in a data file "Outlook" (".Pst") with the help of the preinstalled by default recovery tool that carries out the initial verification of the data file on your personal computer and is able to detect erroneous deviations.

The presented method is advisable to use in the following situations:

  • User receives application message Microsoft Outlook about the inability to open the data file.
  • A system error message is displayed when trying to open a set of folders Microsoft Outlook.
  • The user is convinced or has another confirmation that the data file Microsoft Outlook damaged.

To diagnose and fix data file errors Microsoft Outlook (".Pst") follow these steps:

Step 1. Close the application Microsoft Outlookif it was running.

Step 2 Open the dialog box "Run"using any of the possible methods. For example, right-click on the button "Start" or press the key combination together Windows + X and call the pop-up menu, in which from the list of available actions select the section "Run".

Tip. The fastest and easiest way to open a dialog box "Run" directly right away - use a keyboard shortcut "Windows + R".

Step 3 In line "Open" dialog box, enter the following command:

This command is intended to call the corresponding directory in 32-bit operating system version Windows 10. For 64-bit version you need to replace the parameter "Program Files (x86)" on "Program Files".

When you are finished typing, click "OK" or press the key on the keyboard "Enter".

Note. The above path to the location of the data file Microsoft Outlook (".Pst") used in office application packages "Microsoft Office 2016", Microsoft Office 2019 and Microsoft Office 365. If you use the app "Microsoft Outlook 2013"then in line "Open" dialog box "Run" enter the following path: "C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft Office Office15". In case you have an earlier version of the application Microsoft Outlookthen change the parameter "Office15" in the meaning of the path to "Office14" for "Microsoft Outlook 2010" or "Office13" for "Microsoft Outlook 2007" respectively.

Step 4 In the file explorer window Windows in the specified directory, use the scroll bar to find and double-click, with the left mouse button, the executable file "SCANPST.EXE"to open the folder recovery tool interface Inbox applications Microsoft Outlook.

Step 5 In the recovery tool window that opens, click on the button "Overview" to search for a damaged file.

Step 6 Window "Select file to check" automatically by default will open the directory containing the backup file "Backup.pst". Mark the desired file and click "Open".

Step 7 Now that the file name string for verification is full, click "To begin" and start the process of diagnosing and correcting errors of the specified file.

Step 8 After completion of the initialization and phased verification of the integrity of the file, the recovery tool will search for inconsistencies and make a preliminary decision on the feasibility of the process of restoring the contents of the selected file. When deciding to perform recovery, set the selection indicator next to the cell “Back up the file before recovery”and then click "Restore".

After performing the described step-by-step algorithm, the folder recovery tool InboxMicrosoft Outlook will scan and restore the user selected file "PST" for a damaged email account. At the end of the recovery, you can start the application Microsoft Outlook and make sure that account issues are now resolved.

Additional steps to restore individual items

Despite the fact that an integrated application recovery tool Microsoft Outlook able to detect and eliminate most types of diverse problems with PST file data, there is always the possibility of incomplete return of lost messages, and will require users to take additional steps to successfully restore all elements of the email account.

In such a situation, in the left pane of the application, after the recovery process is completed, additional folders may be displayed containing individual recovered personal or lost and found items. But for some reason, upon completion of the return procedure, the recovery tool Microsoft Outlook couldn’t put these elements in the original structure in which they were originally located, and allocated a separate directory for them.

To complete the restoration of missing items from the created folder, you only need to open it, select and select the items that you want to restore, and then use the drag and drop method to move the marked items to the corresponding source folder. At the end, the temporary directory created by the recovery tool can be deleted in a simple standard way by selecting the section in the pop-up context menu Delete or by pressing "Delete" on keyboard.

How to recover data file after formatting or deleting?

The above methods for recovering problematic data files Microsoft Outlook assume the mandatory presence of such files. However, a situation often occurs when the required files are missing, and it is difficult to restore them. Files may be mistakenly deleted directly by the user or by a special program for cleaning disk space with appropriate tolerances, a system crash may occur during the reading or writing of files, malicious virus programs may intentionally destroy the contents of files, the storage device may be formatted, and problems have occurred with the determination of the file system name and other reasons can lead to unwanted file loss.

In this case, you must use special third-party software to recover deleted files. In an information computer network "The Internet" A large number of different programs are available for download and installation, capable of performing file recovery both in a highly specialized range of certain formats and with a universal set of capabilities for returning most file types lost for various reasons.

Huge popularity among users received software from the company Hetman Software. Their versatile flagship product Hetman Partition Recovery ahead of similar offers from other developers and leads in the number of successfully restored files, the number of available formats and the overall level of performance among similar products.

Hetman Partition Recovery safely recovers any data from external hard drives "USB drives", memory cards of various versions and other media using file systems FAT and "NTFS", and compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit types of operating system Windows 10 and its earlier versions. The program confidently returns lost data from personal computers, laptops (netbooks, ultrabooks, transformer laptops, etc.), digital cameras and video cameras, media players and other devices even in the most difficult and hopeless cases.

Any methods of data deletion, such as regular simple deletion (intentional, accidental or erroneous), erasing information materials irretrievably using a key combination “Shift + Delete”cleaning up deleted file storage Windows Recycle Binformatting partitions and full drives, changing the file system of a storage device do not cause any particular difficulties for a program whose internal powerful search algorithm allows you to recover data almost completely.

Universal tool for heuristic signature analysis of the program Hetman Partition Recovery It helps to restore various types of information in the most difficult cases: system failure and hardware-level malfunctions, when empty, damaged, overwritten with errors or completely missing file tables, after the crash of the operating system, system driver errors, harmful effects of various malicious programs, physical damage to devices and lack of access to the data located on them.

The program has a friendly user interface and resembles as much as a file explorer Windows, which greatly facilitates its use and makes it clear even to novice users.

Далее представлен пошаговый алгоритм восстановления файла данных:

Шаг 1. Загрузите с официального сайта компании «Hetman Software» установочный файл программы «Hetman Partition Recovery» и запустите его исполнение на вашем персональном компьютере. A step-by-step installation wizard will help you quickly configure the necessary parameters, install the program at the specified location and prepare it for further use.

Step 2 At startup Hetman Partition Recovery, the application will perform an initial analysis and find all connected storage devices suitable for further searching and restoring files. In the main window of the program, select the logical partition or the entire disk and double-click it with the left mouse button.

Step 3 The program launches a file recovery wizard containing a prompt for users to specify the priority type of analysis that must be used to search for and recover lost data on the selected disk. Option "Quick scan" Suitable for recovering recently deleted files. In mode "Full analysis" the program will carefully examine the surface of the hard drive, search for all possible information and correct file system errors, as a result of which the maximum number of files will be restored. Set the selection indicator (point) opposite the corresponding line of the analysis type and press the button "Further" to start the process.

Step 4 Wait for the analysis of the marked disk to finish, the final time of which can vary significantly due to a variety of reasons: the volume of the drive, the installed file system, the number of corrupted files and the degree of damage, the functionality of the computer device, etc. The green bar of the graphical indicator will display the percentage level of analysis execution, and the numerical counter will indicate the approximate time of completion of the process.

Step 5 When the analysis of the selected disk is completed, all files detected by the program are displayed in the main window. Users can mark any file, and in the window "Preview" View or listen to its contents. After analyzing the general state of all files, move, using the usual drag and drop, necessary files to the window “Recovery list”, and then click on the ribbon on the main menu button "Restore" with the lifebuoy depicted on it.

Step 6 At this stage, the program re-activates the file recovery wizard, which prompts you to determine an acceptable method for saving the selected files. By default, users have four options to choose from:

"Saving to the hard drive" - allows you to save files to any available internal or external storage medium,

"Burn to CD / DVD" - writes files to the optical "CD" or DVD a disc with support for pre-cleaning a rewritable disc option,

Create a virtual ISO image - recreates the image ISO with recovered files and writes it to a hard drive or removable storage device,

FTP upload - provides the ability to upload recovered files to "The Internet" through the application of integrated "FTP client".

Set the selection indicator (dot) opposite the corresponding method for saving files, and then press the button "Further" to continue.

Step 7 Depending on the user's choice, it will be necessary to specify several parameters that differ for each method in order to successfully complete the process of saving the recovered files, one of which, without fail, is the final directory of data output.

Usually default data files ".Pst" and ".Ost" located on the system drive in the user folder "Documents". Therefore, you can specify this directory as the path to save the restored application files Microsoft Outlookreplacing existing damaged files or adding to the directory if there are no originals. And then, when you open the application, the files will be read, and users will be able to access all the attached items.

After filling in the relevant parameters, click "Restore" and save the selected files.

Now you can run the application Microsoft Outlook and make sure that the account data file and all items are displayed correctly.

Explore the features of the program in more detail Hetman Partition Recovery and get acquainted with the options for recovering lost files on various types of storage devices will help step-by-step video guide: “Recover deleted files in 2019 by Hetman Partition Recovery”.

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