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Outlook Express Delete not working

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jack, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Jack

    Jack Flightless Bird

    Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted emails at
    one time. I can only do won at a time.
    In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    there a quick fix for this?
     
  2. thecreator

    thecreator Flightless Bird

    Hi Jack,

    Open Outlook Express.
    Click Tooks at the top then click Options.
    Click Maintenance.
    Check the first option.
    Click Apply then click OK.
    Close Outlook Express.
    Open Outlook Express.
    Check the folder.


    --
    thecreator






    "Jack" <Audioman1@myway.com> wrote in message
    news:ehU1082ALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted emails
    > at one time. I can only do won at a time.
    > In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    > there a quick fix for this?
     
  3. Gord Dibben

    Gord Dibben Flightless Bird

    Probably find a fix if you post to an OE group.


    Gord

    On Thu, 3 Jun 2010 18:50:38 -0400, "Jack" <Audioman1@myway.com> wrote:

    >Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted emails at
    >one time. I can only do won at a time.
    > In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    >there a quick fix for this?
     
  4. Bruce Hagen

    Bruce Hagen Flightless Bird

    "Jack" <Audioman1@myway.com> wrote in message
    news:ehU1082ALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted
    > emails at one time. I can only do won at a time.
    > In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    > there a quick fix for this?



    Deleted Items is probably corrupt. In the off chance that you are keeping
    messages you want to save in Deleted Items, (a garbage pail), move them to
    a local folder you create and then do the following.

    Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder will reveal the location of
    your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and navigate to it in
    Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start | Run.

    In WinXP, Win2K & Win2K3, the OE user files (DBX and WA8) are by default
    marked as hidden. To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable
    Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options
    Icon | View, or in Windows Explorer | Tools | Folder Options | View.

    With OE closed, find the DBX file for Deleted Items and delete it. A new
    one will be created automatically when you open OE.

    General precautions for Outlook Express:

    Do not archive mail in the Inbox or Sent Items. Create your own user
    defined folders and move the messages you wish to save to them. Empty
    Deleted Items folder daily. Although dbx files have a theoretical capacity
    of 2GB, I recommend about a 300MB max for less chance of corruption.

    Information about the maximum file size of the .dbx files that are used by
    Outlook Express:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=903095

    After you are done, follow up by compacting your folders manually while
    working *offline* and do it often.

    Click on Outlook Express at the top of the folder tree so no folders are
    open. Then: File | Work Offline (or double click Working Online in the
    Status Bar). File | Folder | Compact all folders. Don't touch anything
    until the compacting is completed.

    Turn off e-mail scanning in your anti-virus program. It is a redundant
    layer of protection that eats up CPUs and causes a multitude of problems
    such as time-outs and account setting changes. Your up-to-date A/V program
    will continue to protect you sufficiently. For more, see:
    http://www.oehelp.com/OETips.aspx#3

    And backup often.

    Outlook Express Quick Backup (OEQ8):
    http://www.oehelp.com/OEBackup/Default.aspx
    --
    Bruce Hagen
    MS-MVP [Mail]
    Imperial Beach, CA
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    [Crosspost to OE General]

    1a. Move any messages that you want to keep out of Sent Items and Deleted
    Items folders and into other local OE folders you've created for archiving
    (saving) such messages.

    1b. Move 99% of your messages in your Inbox folder to other local OE
    folders, too.

    2a. Write down the location of your identity's store
    (http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm#storemain).

    2b. Enable 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' via Start | Control Panel |
    Folder Options | View (cf.
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial62.html).

    3. Close OE.

    4. In Windows Explorer, navigate to your store folder, find & delete the
    files Outbox.dbx, Sent Items.dbx, and Deleted Items.dbx.

    To avoid such problems in the future, adhere to the following caveats:

    - Don't use Inbox or Sent Items to archive messages. Move them to local
    folders created for this purpose.

    - Empty Deleted Items folder daily.

    - Frequently perform a manual compact of all OE folders while "working
    offline". More at http://www.insideoe.com/files/maintain.htm

    - Do not cancel Automatic Compacting, should it occur, and do not attempt to
    close OE via Task Manager or shutdown your machine if Automatic Compacting
    is taking place.

    - Disable email scanning by your anti-virus application. It can cause
    corruption (i.e., loss of messages) and provides no additional protection:

    Why you don't need your anti-virus to scan your email
    http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm

    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Jack wrote:
    > Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted emails
    > at
    > one time. I can only do won at a time.
    > In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    > there a quick fix for this?
     
  6. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    "Jack" <Audioman1@myway.com> wrote in message
    news:ehU1082ALHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    > Windows XP Home Outlook Express won't let me delete all my deleted emails

    at
    > one time. I can only do won at a time.
    > In the EDIT, the (delete all deleted messages) isn't highlighted. Is
    > there a quick fix for this?


    Right-click (if your pointing device is setup for a right-handed person) and
    Empty Contents.
     

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