Updated On - April 27, 2022 by Henry Bray |Reading Time: 4 minutes
Microsoft Outlook is an email application that rules the fast-growing business in the world. This is just because of its simplified interface. It is trendy for its wide range of storage power and security features. Now MS Outlook is applicable for Windows users as well as Mac system users. But they both support different file formats. In windows, MS Outlook stores its email file in PST file format. This file is known as PST (Personal storage table). On the other hand, Mac Outlook stores its email file in OLM (Outlook for Mac) to store the email messages and data.
If any circumstances come to open the OLM file in a Windows system, then in this situation, the User needs to convert OLM to PST format to obtain the mailbox data stored in the OLM file.
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Scenarios to Move from Mac Outlook to Windows Outlook
There are some scenarios in which you may need to switch from Mac Outlook to Windows Outlook. It might be for any reason:
- If you join a new company or any organization. You have to use Windows Outlook in place of Mac Outlook, which you were using previously in the organization. At that time, you have to convert OLM to PST file format because your previous email and messages and other data are stored in OLM format, and Windows Outlook does not support OLM format.
- Mac Outlook users face technical problems while editing email messages, syncing calendar events, etc., and the main issue is when a file exceeds 20 GB size, it starts responding slowly.
- A reason can also be that windows Outlook is much better than Mac Outlook. Because Window Outlook is simple, user-friendly, and requires no technical knowledge.
There are some disadvantages of Mac Outlook, which create problems during the process. There is no way to remove these drawbacks. So, the best solution to overcome this matter is to switch from Mac Outlook to Windows Outlook.
- When you use Mac Outlook 2011, you will find a black line between the message and contacts, which is why messages and contacts are not shown accurately.
- HTML and RTF format are not supportable in Mac Outlook.
- You need technical expertise to use Outlook for Mac because it is very complex.
- Mac Outlook is unable to drag email messages into the calendar.
How to Convert OLM to PST?
Window Outlook and Mac Outlook both have different file formats. So you cannot be able to open an OLM file in Windows Outlook. There are two methods from which you can convert OLM to PST file format:
By using a professional method
By using the manual method
So we start with the manual method because it is free of cost, and there is no need for third-party tools. You are required to follow the procedure step by step given below:
- First of all, you have to create an IMAP account using a Gmail account.
- After creating a Gmail account and moving to a setting, on the setting page, you will see forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, just click on it and enable your IMAP status. And save it.
- After creating an IMAP account, you need to set up the Outlook for Mac and configure Outlook with an IMAP Mail account.
- For this, you need to open Outlook for Mac on your device. Go to the toolbox, and select the account option from the list that appeared.
- Select emails from the Account Window.
- Now you are required to enter account details in email address, and click the Add account button.
- And now you need to create a Gmail level to adjust IMAP Account with the Mac Outlook.
So, go to your Gmail account Settings.
- You will find label tab on top bar. There you have to click on the Create New Label button.
- In new level dialog box you just give new level name and click on create tab.
- Now, move all the email messages and data to the IMAP mailbox folder.
- Finally, you need to upgrade Mac Outlook IMAP folder by just clicking Send/Receive button.
Limitation of Manual Method:
- The manual method is a lengthy process. It takes lots of time to convert OLM to PST file format.
- There are more chances of file corruption.
- To operate the manual method, users required technical knowledge.
- If OLM files are corrupted, then this method is useless.
Here we had found many problems when we performed this process manually to convert OLM to PST, as discussed above. You can avoid all the above issues by considering a professional tool.
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You can use Regain OLM to PST converter. It is very simple and easy to use. It takes a few steps to convert OLM to PST file format without causing any changes and damages to the original files. You may also convert your corrupt OLM files, which is not possible in the manual method. Users can download a Free trial version from here: