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My outlook express is acting strange

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by stingray_on, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. stingray_on

    stingray_on Thread Starter

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    Recently, I lost my save folder and I googled the problem and I read about outlook express getting corrupted and dBX file. I followed the solutions steps that said to go outlook , work offline and under file, click to compact all folders.

    I did it and OL still starts slow and sluggish.

    BTW,I have winxp and im using win explorer 6.0.

    Anyone has any suggestions.
     
  2. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    Hi stingray_on

    Check this setting in Outlook Express:
    Tools > Options > Maintenance tab,
    if there, remove the checkmark for Compact messages in the background
    this is a default setting that can cause corruption in your .dbx files.

    If you have more than one Identity, check each Identity to ensure this process has been disabled.

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    Keep your Inbox empty and move your messages to folders of your own creation in Outlook Express.

    Keeping all your messages in your Inbox, slows Outlook Express when loading, and also increases the chance of losing your messages.

    These folders are dynamic and will be recreated if Outlook Express encounters an error.
    Inbox
    Outbox
    Sent Items
    Deleted Items
    Drafts

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    Once you have moved your messages out of the Inbox, try the manual compaction again.

    Did you receive any errors the first time you ran Compact All Folders?

    Your save folder, was that the name of the folder you lost?

    Let us know what happens.
     
  3. stingray_on

    stingray_on Thread Starter

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    Let me try it and I will let you know.
     
  4. stingray_on

    stingray_on Thread Starter

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    And it appears a little faster. As far as your question regarding the save folder, yes it was named saved.

    Are there any other steps that I can take to clean it up?

    BTW, do appreciate your help.
     
  5. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    Your quite welcome.

    Just keep your Inbox empty, and run a manual compaction at least once a month,
    more frequently if you delete many messages.

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    Have you done a search for your saved folder?

    If not, search for saved to see if it still exists.
    You will need to have Show Hidden Files and Folders enabled.

    IF your saved folder still exists, it may have been renamed, ie: saved(1).dbx

    If you locate it, make note of the directory it is in.
    Outlook Express should be closed.
    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to that directory, locate the Folders.dbx file and rename it Folders.dbx.old or delete it.

    Open Outlook Express and a new Folders.dbx file will be created which will include the saved(1).dbx.
    The saved folder should now show in Outlook Express.

    Have my fingers crossed :)
     
  6. stingray_on

    stingray_on Thread Starter

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    I did what you said and I found the folder.dbx and renamed it but when I opened outlook express ,I didnt see the folder.dbx that was supposed to be created. Where do I look for it, is it on the left hand side with the inbox. And is it called folder.dbx?

    Also, today when I opened my OE it took like 14 seconds. Still a little slow.

    Thanks again for your help
     
  7. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    No the Folders.dbx file does NOT show as a folder in Outlook Express, it keeps track of the folders you have in Outlook Express.

    So you found your saved.dbx file?

    Is Outlook Express configured to start in the Inbox?
    Tools > Options > General tab
    "When starting go directly to my Inbox folder"

    Place a checkmark in that option if it is not already there.
     
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