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If you are familiar with Outlook, you have enjoyed a type-ahead feature that save you the time of finding or typing out email addresses that you have used in the past. The feature allows the user to merely type a few letters of a name or address and suddenly a drop down window will appear with addresses to choose from. The more letters you type, the smaller the list gets. For someone who sends out a lot of emails on a daily basis, losing this feature either due to a new PC or software reload can be devastating. But fear not, the list is actually stored in a file that can be backed up.

In XP, 2003 and 2008, the file is called OUTLOOK.NK2 by default and is located at -
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

In Vista, 7 and 2008, the same file can be found at -
C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook