AOL Personal Filing Cabinet
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What is a PFC file?
A PFC file is a personal filing cabinet created by AOL Desktop Software, an application that lets America Online (AOL) users access their AOL accounts. It contains an address book, a record of bookmarks, stored email messages, away messages, and newsgroup postings. Each AOL Desktop user account has an associated PFC file.
AOL Desktop is a software application that AOL users can use to browse the Internet, send instant messages, and access their accounts. The program stores account-specific information, such as a user's favorites and sent and received emails, in a user-specific PFC file.
PFC files are compressed binary files. You cannot simply open a PFC file to view your email messages or favorites outside of AOL Desktop. However, a variety of third-party programs and utilities allow you to extract various pieces of information from your PFC file, if necessary.
How to open a PFC file
You can import the data a PFC file contains into AOL Desktop (Windows). To do so:
- Sign in to AOL Desktop.
- Click the Settings icon.
- From the General screen, select the My Data tab.
- Click PFC Import.
- Navigate to and import your PFC file.
You can also use various third-party programs to extract data from a PFC file. For example, PFCEx (Windows) allows users to extract their bookmarks from their PFC file and save them in an .HTML file.