How to free up disk space in Microsoft® Outlook Express
How can Microsoft Outlook Express clear disk space using compact messages?
Compact messaging is a new technique used in Microsoft Outlook Express to free up the disk space and to increase the speed of this application. When we are deleting a message from the inbox, instead of permanently deleting the message from the disk, it is just disappearing from the inbox or it will move to the ˜trash™ folder. But in both cases the message is not deleting from the disk and thus the memory is used by that. It also causes the program to be slow. Microsoft Outlook Express will keep track of such deleted messages. The new ˜compact message™ feature in Microsoft Outlook Express will automatically check for such deleted messages and will permanently remove such messages from disk. Thus, it will help to make more free space on the system.
Following details give users more information about freeing up disk spacing using compact messages:
- Need of Disabling Compact Messaging
- Disabling Compact Messaging
- Alternative Steps for Disabling
Need of Disabling Compact Messaging
Even though the compact messaging is a helpful feature of Microsoft Outlook Express, sometimes it may cause some difficulties to the users. The repeated appearance of the message box, saying, "To free up disc space OE can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes. -OK/Cancel" is the main problem. This message may occur even if Microsoft Outlook Express is not running. If we have canceled the message, then it will again ask the same within a few seconds. It will become continuous disturbance for the user. So we are forced to disable the compact messaging.
Disabling Compact Messaging
The common way to disable the compact messages is first open Microsoft Outlook Express and then click on ˜Tools™ option on the menu bar. Select the ˜Options™ from the pop down menu and then select the ˜Maintenance™ tab. Now uncheck the box next to 'Compact messages automatically in the background' by clicking on the box. Then click on 'Ok' to save the changed settings.
There is one more method to disable the compact messaging feature on Microsoft Outlook Express. For this, first click on the ˜File™ menu. Then click on ˜Work Offline™ to stop avoiding the arrival of new messages. Then on the ˜Folder™ list select ˜Outlook Express™. By clicking on ˜X™ on the upper right hand corner, close the list. Also select the ˜Layout™ from the ˜View™ menu. Then clear the check box next to ˜Folder List™. Then open the ˜File™ menu and select ˜Folder™. There select the ˜Compact All Folders™ option.
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