When we talk about communication, we consider internet to be the best way of communication as it has become an important part of today's lifestyle. MS Outlook has become one of the best options for easy e-communication. In addition to email, it has the ability to store a lot of personal information, such as assignments, contacts, calendar, journal. That is why Outlook is known as a personal information manager. Over time, Outlook keeps updating its versions to get the best user experience. The most common and automatic file format for Outlook is PST, which supports ANSI and UNICODE file saving methods. The latest version of Outlook stores its data in the UNICODE version, while Outlook (2002 to 97) versions store the data in old PST in ANSI format, whose size is only 2GB.
If we are talking about an ANSI file, then you already know that it has a limited data storage capacity of up to 2 GB, which is suitable for only home users, but not for professionals. Excessive size limit slows down Outlook performance and increases the risk of file corruption. Therefore, MS Outlook has introduced a UNICODE PST file for the newer version (2003 to 2019) with a storage capacity of 20 GB to 50 GB. This made a huge difference in the patterns of working with ANSI and UNICODE.
It is very simple process for creating an ANSI PST file in the latest Outlook version. Follow the below steps to create an ANSI PST file.
Note: Here we are going to show you how you can use ANSI in Outlook 2013, however if you want to use ANSI in other Outlook versions then the process will remains the same.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013, and click on 'New Items' option.
Step 2: Now go to the 'More Items' and after that choose 'Outlook Data File' option.
Step 3: Now go to the 'save as type' option. Select ‘Outlook 97-2002 data file’ option in the drop-down menu to save the latest version of PST UNICODE file in ANSI format.
Step 4: Finally save the file in a folder with a new name.