.PAB File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .PAB extension:

Personal Address Book

Personal Address Book
  • Developer Microsoft
  • Popularity
    4.3 (6 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format Binary

Address book file used by Microsoft e-mail programs; contains information for personal and organizational contacts; stored separately from other Outlook data.

The following instructions may be used to identify the PAB file used by your email profile:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. From the Tools menu, select "E-mail Accounts."
  3. Under the Directory tab, click "View or change existing directories or address books," and then click Next.
  4. Under "You can choose a directory or address book below to change or remove it," first click Personal Address Book, then click Change.
  5. Note the path of your PAB file that is in the Path box. This is where your personal address book file is located.
  6. Click OK, then click Finish to close all open dialog boxes.

In contrast to Outlook Address Books (.OAB files), Outlook stores PAB address book files separately from your email messages. PAB files may be added to your email profile, and users can manually add additional address book information to them.

Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Server Commercial Windows
Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Outlook Commercial MacWindows
Microsoft Outlook 365 Microsoft Outlook 365 Free+ Mac

Updated: June 10, 2010

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