How to fix it: Public Folders Missing in Microsoft® Outlook 2003
Microsoft Outlook 2003 is the e-mail client program with the latest e-mailing features added. The application allows you to send, receive, compose and mange e-mails in an easy and efficient manner. The public folder is an important feature in Microsoft Outlook 2003 which is much useful for sharing important mailing items and contacts. The public folder included in the application will provide and effective way for sharing, collecting and organizing information between other system users. The public folder will add files as central and shared ones and allow others to view them. Thus, users can share ideas and information over network servers. The public folder gives the freedom to add as many data that you want to add like files and tasks etc. As you connect to the Exchange Server once, you can see the public folder displayed in the Microsoft Outlook 2003 Folder list. It will be a separate database for administrator users.
Here are some notes on recovering the public folders in Microsoft Outlook 2003:
- Reason for public folder missing
- Recover using backup
- Recover using server
Reason for Public Folder Missing
It is possible to get some issues with the Microsoft Outlook Public Folders. One among the most occurring issue is the Public Folders missing. Thus, you cannot get access to the folders. The issue can come due to many reasons. It usually comes as a result of swapping servers. There may be a secondary server used in the system. The public folder will be moved to a new server when it is connected to the system. So, you cannot see the public folder in the currently using server of the system.
Recover Using Backup
You may be having backup of the Public folders in Microsoft Outlook 2003. If it is so, then the public folders can be easily recovered. You need to just select the 'Import and Export' option from the 'File' menu of Microsoft Outlook 2003 and get the 'Import and Export Wizard' window opened. In the window, you need to select the 'Import from another program or file' option. Next step is to scroll down the window until you get the Personal Folder File' and click the 'Browse' button to get the file explorer window. Select the backup folder in this way and select 'Import items into the same folder in' and 'Personal Folders'. Public folder will be recovered as you click the Finish button.
Recover Using Server
The server allows you to recover the missing public folder in Microsoft Outlook 2003. To do this, you need to log on with administrator-privileged account in the domain. In the Outlook application, select the Public Folders node and select the node which contains the public folders. Next step is to select the Recover Deleted Items option in the Tools menu and get the Recover Deleted Items from dialog box. In the dialog box, select folders to be recovered and click the Recover Selected Items button. Finally, right-click the folder and type in a new name and get the folder recovered.
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