outlook search catalog missing pst

My mail policy with outlook is that I archive to a pst file and rename it every six months. Then after the six months I enter a new name for the archive file and start all over again…

However I struggled to get the outlook search working to find the emails in that folder. Opening Indexing Options from control panel was useless – in earlier versions, it used to list what files were searched. However now it just shows the directory – which if all your pst archive files are in the same folder, then it really does not help.

If you run up regedit and go to:
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Search\Catalog

It lists all the pst files.

Simply add new “binary value” and enter the path to the pst (like the other folders). Do not enter data for the new binary value key… that will be done automatically.

Now start searching and you are away.