Uninstalling and reinstalling Outlook can seem like a daunting task if you’re unfamiliar with the procedure. But don’t fret, we’re here to guide you through every step of the way. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know, from backing up your data to reinstalling Outlook.

Backing Up Your Outlook Data

Before you uninstall Outlook, it is absolutely essential to back up your data. Uninstalling Outlook will wipe out all your information – emails, contacts, calendar, and more – so this step cannot be skipped. Here’s how:

  • To open Outlook, click on the “File” tab.
  • Click “Open & Export,” then choose “Import/Export.”
  • To continue the Import and Export Wizard, select “Export to a file,” then click “Next.”
  • Select “Outlook Data File (.pst),” then click on “Next.”
  • Choose the items you wish to back up, then click “Next.”
  • Once you’ve chosen the location where to store your backup file, click “Finish.”

Uninstalling Outlook

Now that your data has been safely backed up, let’s continue with uninstalling Outlook. Here are the steps to take:

To open the Control Panel window on your keyboard, press either “Windows” or “Control.”

Select “Control Panel” from the search results.

From the control panel options, select “Programs.”

Click on “Programs and Features.”

Locate “Microsoft Office” in the list of installed programs, right-click on it, and select “Uninstall.”

Follow the instructions onscreen to complete uninstallation.

Reinstalling Outlook

Now that you’ve uninstalled Outlook, it’s time to reinstall it. Here are the steps to take in order to reinstall Outlook:

  • Sign in to your Microsoft account now.
  • Click the “Install Office” button.
  • Click “Other Install Options.”
  • Select “Version,” then select the version of Outlook you wish to install.
  • Click “Install,” then follow the instructions onscreen to complete installation.
  • Restoring Your Outlook Data
  • Now that Outlook has been successfully reinstalled, it’s time to retrieve your data. Here’s how:
  • To export data from Outlook, begin by opening Outlook. On the “File” tab, click “Open & Export,” then select “Import/Export.”

To import from another program or file, select “Import from another program or file,” then click on “Next.”

  • Select “Outlook Data File (.pst),” then click on “Next.”
  • Navigate to the location where your backup file was saved and select it.
  • Select the items you wish to restore, then click “Next.”
  • Choose the folder where you wish to restore your data and click “Finish.”


Uninstalling and reinstalling Outlook can be a time-consuming task, but by following the steps outlined in this guide you’ll be able to do it quickly and effortlessly. Make sure to back up all of your data before uninstalling, then restore it once you’ve reinstalled Outlook. With these simple steps in place, you’ll be back up and running with all your data intact in no time!


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