How to disable compact messages in Microsoft® Outlook Express
Get to know more about disabling Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages.
Microsoft Outlook Express has many new e-mail settings. One of these includes compacting messages options. Microsoft Outlook Express will compact messages so as to archive large blocks of e-mail data. The feature has been added as an automatic function of Microsoft Outlook Express. The feature has been included in the application so as to prevent issues like file corruption and other errors in the e-mail database. But there are some situations when you need to disable Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages. This may be because you get a pop-up message each time you access or turn on Microsoft Outlook Express.
Here are some notes on how to disable Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages:
- By Using Clean up Now Button
- By Changing Registry Values
- Tips to Note
By Using Clean up Now Button
To disable Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages, you need to open the application first. Then, you need to select the 'Work Offline' option and get it disabled from the Internet temporarily. You need to click 'Options' under the 'Tools' menu. You can then select the 'Maintenance' tab. Next step is to select the 'Clean Up Now' button and then select the 'Compact' button. You can then click 'Ok' button to get these windows closed. You can connect Microsoft Outlook Express back to the Internet and it would no longer compact your messages.
By Changing Registry Values
It is possible to change the registry values for disabling Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages. To do this, you need to open the registry editor first. In the registry editor, you need to open Microsoft Outlook Express folder under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER. You need to then select the folder with the name of Microsoft Outlook Express version. You need to then search out the value for 'Compact Check Count' in the registry editor. You can then change the number displayed under the 'Value data' to '0'. Finally, close the registry editor and reboot the system to fix the issue.
Tips to Note
There are some tips to note while using these steps for disabling Microsoft Outlook Express from compacting messages. You can avoid changing the registry values if you do not have much knowledge. You need to take care of not making any other changes to the system registry. It is also good to get the backup of the system registry before you make any changes to it.
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