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how do I stop outlook express from pestering me to compact messages?


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#1 hipshot

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:54 PM

Each time I view an item in one of my folders, such as "my documents" & close it that damn message appears asking if I want outlook express to compact messages! I'm sick of it, but don't know how to stop it.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:32 PM

The only way to stop it from asking is with a registry edit. If you are comfortable with registry edits be sure and back yours up prior to making the following changes. If you don't know how to back up your registry please see the following: Backing up the Registry. Once you have your registry backed up you can proceed here: How to stop Outlook Express asking to compact messages.

If you are not comfortable making registry edits then unfortunately you'll just have to keep clicking cancel.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:39 PM

If you are not comfortable making registry edits then unfortunately you'll just have to keep clicking cancel.


Or say yes and compact.

This article Why You Should Let Outlook Express Compact Messages When It Asks You explains exactly what compacting messages is, and why you may be seeing that message. It's possible that you don't have a lot of kept mail; however, OE stores messages within a database, which tends to grow in size and degrade the perfomance of OE. Even previously deleted messages that are removed from OE take up space in that database. Compacting your folders will REMOVE all the records that you have deleted. It may simply be a case of to many so called deleted messages are sitting somewhere on your computer, taking up drive space. This is explained in more detail in the section "What Does Compacting Messages Mean, and What Happens?"

To manually compact OE:

Open Outlook Express.

Click on the "File" menu in the Outlook Express window and then click on "Folder."

Click on the "Compact All Folders" option. The compacting process will start. Once it starts do not stop or interrupt it.

Having said that, there have been reports that compaction has caused emails to be lost. I never had that happen when I using OE so the choice is yours to make.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:38 PM

I thank you both for the help & suggestion to reset the registry. Since I have never used outlook express, there was nothing to compact in messages or elsewhere! So, I took care of the problem in the registry. Thank you again. 






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