How to Fix: Indexing Gets Stuck on Microsoft® Outlook
Microsoft Outlook is installed with many interesting features. The indexing feature is one of them. Indexing is useful in searching for items in Microsoft Outlook. Users can simply detect items that are indexed. Microsoft Outlook comprises of a new search tool that helps users to swiftly and correctly execute queries for messages. The search tool in Microsoft Outlook depends on the indexing function. The indexing function can scan and record all e-mails in Microsoft Outlook. The index feature can help in quickly searching and finding items for research purposes. But in some cases indexing gets stuck on Microsoft Outlook. There are some ways for users to solve this problem.
Given below are the reasons for indexing getting stuck on Microsoft Outlook and the ways to solve the problem:
- Reasons for the issue
- Restart the computer
- Steps to solve the issue
Reasons for the Issue
There are various reasons for indexing getting stuck on Microsoft Outlook. One of the reasons may be variation in Outlook.pst file. Any errors or corruption with this file may affect all the functions of Microsoft Outlook. Sometimes you may upgrade Microsoft Office on your computer from the present version to a newer version. Then you may also face the issue of indexing getting stuck.
Restart the Computer
You can solve this issue by restarting the computer. Only restart your computer after waiting for a while. Open Microsoft Outlook once again. Almost all issues, including indexing getting stuck, can get solved. By restarting the system and providing Microsoft Outlook enough time to complete the indexing process, you can enhance search results.
Steps to Solve the Issue
If the issue does not get solved by the restarting process you need to use the following steps. Select 'Tools' and expand the 'Instant Search' submenu and choose 'Indexing Status'. A dialog box emerges and informs you about the present status of Microsoft Outlook indexing.
If the program is in the indexing process, you need to wait for it to finish. Revert to the 'Instant Search' sub-menu and select 'Search Options'. Then close Microsoft Outlook, open the Start menu and press 'Control Panel' icon. After that, double-click on 'System Maintenance' and select 'Indexing Options'. Select 'Advanced' and press 'Rebuild'. As you reboot Microsoft Outlook, it starts a new indexing session.
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