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PAB File Extension

PAB aka Personal Address Book is the address book file associated with Microsoft email clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange Server application. It contains information for personal and organizational contacts. The PAB file stores address book separately from the email data. It can be added to account user's email profile and the contacts can be added manually.

Application Supported

  • Microsoft Outlook 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • The PAB file belongs to the category of Text File.
  • Microsoft Corporation introduced PAB File to store the list of the contacts, used in MS Outlook 2003 and earlier versions. The PAB file is supported by Outlook 2016 for both Mac and Windows system.

The PAB file can be found at the following locations. The default location of PAB file depends of the version of OS installed in the user machine. For each version, the default location will be different:

Windows Vista/7/8/8.1

  • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows XP/Windows Server 2003

  • C:Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
  • The address list could not be displayed
    This error message is generally displayed when the user use the contact from the Address book file to address a new email in MS Outlook Email client. This type of error may happen when the Microsoft Outlook Address Book is damaged.
  • MAPI error 0X80004005
    This issue is seen when the user import a personal address book file in MS Outlook. It happens because of the terminated import/export process. The possible cause of the unsuccessful import process is when user tries to import PAB file, which is stored on a read-only medium or having read-only property.
  • The PAB file could not be opened
    The error occurs when the Personal address book file is not accessible. The PAB files must only be opened for read/ write access in order to function properly while these files are being accessed by Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook clients.
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