How to Remove the Password of an Encrypted Outlook Data File

Given much potential risks nowadays, it’s highly suggested to encrypt your Outlook data file with password. However, if you forget it, you cannot access the file any more. In this case, follow the methods in this article to remove or recover it.

Outlook allows us to protect Outlook data files via passwords. Unquestionably, in face of increasingly sophisticated viruses and spyware, we have to pay attention to the security of Outlook file, which must contain a myriad of our own privacy. Therefore, we are inclined to create a strong password, which should consist of number, punctuation, letter and so on.

Easily Remove the Password If You Still Remember It

The biggest drawback of encrypting Outlook file is that an Outlook prompt will pop up every time when you attempt to open it. That is to say, you need to enter the password constantly, which may be a bit annoying. If you still remember it, you can easily remove it.

  1. For a start, go to “File” menu and click “Account Settings” button.Account Settings
  2. In “Account Settings” window, switch to “Data File” tab, select the Outlook file and click “Settings” button.
  3. In the new popup dialog box, hit “Change Password” button. Remove the Password If You Still Remember It
  4. Another dialog will arise, in which you can enter the old password and ignore “new” field directly.
  5. Click “OK” to return to Outlook.

But if you forget it thoroughly, you need to utilize the following methods to recover it.

Recover Password via an External Free Tool

Once you loss or don’t know the password at all, it will take aid of some external tools to recover it. Here I will recommend one of handy freeware, namely DataNumen Outlook Password Recovery. You can directly download it from its official website. After installing it,  just launch it, and select the encrypted PST file in its home page. Finally click “Start Recovery” button to recover the forgotten password with ease.

Resort to another Useful Recovery Tool

If you forget the password of the Outlook file, you cannot access to the Outlook file completely, not to mention the emails, contacts, appointments and other items. Apart from the above tool, you can utilize other third party software like DataNumen Outlook Repair. Not only can it recover password of the encrypted Outlook files, but also it is capable of repairing compromised Outlook file. As we all know, Outlook comes loaded with an inbox repair tool, namely Scanpst.exe. You can search and locate it in Windows Explorer. But it is frustrating that Scanpst.exe is not competent enough to repair severely corrupt PST files. But do not panic. You can still utilize the tool mentioned above. It is well versed in Outlook recovery.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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