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Compacting messages in Outlook Express

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#1 robjo2


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Posted 29 January 2005 - 05:26 PM

When I close Outlook Express I get a message offering to compact messages to save disc space. This has only recently started to appear.

Any idea why this should suddenly start to appear?

I really don't have many mesages in any of the folders as I regularly delete anything unwanted. Also is this a good thing to do as there is no help item associated with this message to explain it?

(NB did recently install SP2 but nothing else altered as far as I know)

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#2 jgweed


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Posted 29 January 2005 - 11:50 PM

As I understand it, OE stores messages within a database, which tends to grow in size and degrade the perfomance of OE. According to one source I checked, even deleted messages that are removed from the folder take up space in that database. Compacting your folders will REMOVE all the records that you have deleted.

I do not know why this message is now appearing, unless you changed something in OE. I regulary compact messages in Email folders.

Hope this helps,



Edited by jgweed, 30 January 2005 - 12:05 AM.

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