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  1. JannEd

    JannEd Thread Starter

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    It has been so long since I have been here! OS at the moment is Win2000Pro on a Dell G240. I just got a Mac Mini with Win XP and am in the process of transferring all my files there. The problem comes in here: I went into Outlook 2000 and deleted ALL my Inbox, Sent, misc folders, pared down my address book, dumped the trash after I did all that and my pst file is still 303mgs! Even after shutting down and rebooting. Is there some hidden stuff in there? I will be transfering it to the XP partition in the Mac Mini. I was so surprised that I could actually install Office 2000 there but it worked with no problems!! Anyone know about this? I will rar it if need be just to put it on a CD, but it isn't really necessary.

    Thanks!!

    Jann:confused:
     
  2. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

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    Hi JannEd

    Looking at Outlook 2003, this would be the steps to manually compact the Personal Folders (.pst file):
    Right click the top/root folder of your Personal Folder (.pst file)
    Select: Properties for "Name of Personal Folder"
    General tab > Advanced button >Compact Now button
    Click the Compact Now button a couple of times if the file size does not reduce. Be sure to refresh the page containing the .pst file if it does not automatically refresh.​


    I don't currently have Outlook 2000 installed, so if the above steps do not look familiar, looking at Outlook 97 the following steps apply:
    Tools > Services > Services tab
    Highlight Personal Folders
    Properties > Compact Now button


    You can also import the Personal Folders into a new Personal Folders, but you may lose formatting and dates may change.
    Though, it couldn't hurt to try it.

    I have Office 97 running on Windows XP. :)

    Let us know if that works for you or not.
     
  3. JannEd

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    It didn't compress. It looked like it was going through the motions but when it quit, it just quit. I refreshed and still no compression. I think I will just rar the file and put it in the right place in XP. I only want it for my address book and there is no .wab file so I am assuming (scary) the addy book is in the pst.

    I am surprised about the programs I have loved since 98SE that have all installed in XP and are running with no problem. Changes my opinion of XP completely!!!

    Will let you know how I fare with this!

    Jann:)
     
  4. EAFiedler

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    If you cannot find your Contacts, they may be in a .pab file.
    They newer versions of Outlook did away with the .pab file and the Contacts are kept in the .pst file.
     
  5. JannEd

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    Hmmmm Interesting. In my download file is a .wab file with only ONE contact in it, which would be the first name in my address book. Don't remember where that came from. I also have one on the CD I burned called wab.exe. No clue where I got that one either.

    I looked up the .pst file on this machine, brand new Outlook 2000, and the size is 96k. Far cry from the 303mg file that is on the Dell. AND the interface in this new install on XP is different!! So, I shall experiment with the whole business today! I seem to have nothing better to do.

    Jann :D
     
  6. EAFiedler

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    It's possible Outlook 2000 was set to share the contacts with Outlook Express as Outlook Express uses a .wab file for its contacts.
     
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    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    You might try and "export" the contacts to a Excel spreadsheet and the import that on the Mac.

    By the way, if one uses the true "Contacts" there is NO WAB or PAB file, as these are not really part of the pst file and are just linked to from within Outlook.
     
  8. JannEd

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    Since I have never used Outlook Express, I am confused why that would happen. I will try the export thing. My confusion comes in at the large size of the .pst. What I would like to know is how it is so big since I deleted all the mail and the extra folders and anything in there that could take up space. I cleaned out my addresses of ones I don't use any longer. And it still is 303mg. Where are all those files that are making that pst so huge? I guess if I put it in the proper place in the new Outlook, it will tell me, maybe?

    Jann:confused:
     
  9. DaveA

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    Did you do a Compact on the pst?
     
  10. JannEd

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    Yes I did. It didn't. The size stayed the same.

    Jann
     
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    I went ahead and put the large .pst into outlook. It still says 303mg but it didn't interfere with anything else. Sure is a different interface with WinXP!! Usually my opening page on Outlook is my Inbox, now it is my Personal Folders! Never saw that before! And, I forgot to tell you, the friend that sent me this Mac Mini, sent if from Germany. Had to download a few programs that he had installed for me in English! Crazy time I have had getting this side set up. Now if I can figure out why the Mac side won't let me connect to the net, I will be in cat heaven!!!

    Thanks for all the responses!!!

    Jann
     
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    You can change the opening page in Outlook to have it open wherever you wish...oh, and cat heaven might not be a good thing :eek: for us cat lovers :D
     
  13. JannEd

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    LOL I am a HUGE cat lover and I have many, many cats waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge!! That said, how do I change it? Hold up a sec...........................well, that was fruitless. I looked everywhere to find how to change it. A little hint would tickle me to tears!!!!

    Jann:D
     
  14. EAFiedler

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    Try this:
    Tools > Options > General tab
    Under: Startup Settings
    Click the drop down arrow, for Startup in this folder to select the Inbox.

    As I said earlier, this is for Outlook 97 as I do not have Outlook 2000 installed.

    Let us know if that works or not.
     
  15. JannEd

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    No, there is no General tab in options, nor is there any place else that says startup settings. I even did a help! Will keep looking! Thanks;)

    Jann
     
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