Remove pop-up window for compacting messages in Outlook Express 6.
I've been getting a pop-up asking me if I want to compact messages in Outlook Express to free up disc space. It's very annoying and very frequent. I wouldn't know how to go about getting it to go away. Am I able to get rid of it and, if so, how?
Easiest way is to just click YES. It may be the result of too many messages being stored in your OE folders.
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Compacting your folders periodically is a must to keep OE functioning well and at some point, you may lose all your saved messages if you don't. When you delete, or move messages, the space they had used remains until you compact.
***Never touch anything until the compacting is finished.***
With SP2, automatic background compacting was removed due to problems it caused. Now you will get a prompt to compact after 100 OE closings, which you should do, and don't touch anything until it has finished. If you compact manually, at your convenience,
this will also set the counter back to zero. See this for more information: http://www.insideoe.com/files/maintain.htm#compact
If you are fully patched, you will also now see a copy of your dbx files being copied to the Recycle Bin as BAK files. Should something go awry when compacting, the messages can easily be restored from this backup. A manual compact will also reset the counter
in the registry back to zero now.
To keep things running smooth, and for faster compacting:
Do not archive mail in default OE folders. They will eventually become corrupt and you may lose mail. Create your own user defined folders for storing mail and move your mail to them. Empty Deleted Items folder regularly. Keep user created folders under
300MB, and Default folders as empty as is feasible.
Rosie: I will do that but can you tell me what 'compacting messages' actuaqlly means? How do I reopen them? Where do they go? Am I in danger of losing them? I went into OE help to try and get a definition bu th the onloy thing they have there is instructions
on how to do it.