I have office XP, going to reformat. to backup my emails in outlook do i goto file-export to a my docs folder then copy to a cd. after reinstall import from cd back to outlook. Is this correct or is there more to it?
The Outlook software application program expects to find a file called Outlook.pst within the "hidden" or folders for system usage (as well as other files).
As long as you copy the file and do not delete it so when you next start the Outlook program, it will still be there for it, everything will be fine. If the file is not there, the Outlook program will throw a wobbly....
As AndySD says, best to just use the MS backup tool which knows exactly where to go to get the files, do a copy (and not move or delete) to a location you can designate.
I'd gone a couple of steps further by deliberately setting up new ".pst" files within "My Documents" and then pointing the Outlook program to use them instead. You might not want to do that just yet!