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Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 10:19 pm:   

Each time I start Outlook, a message box comes up and says I have a lot of wasted space in my mail folder and would I like to compress the files.
I have answered yes to this many times before and now I would like to delete some of these compressed files but can not find where they are stored in their compressed format.
I cannot see many files under the various headings, inbox, sent, etc.., so I think these must be stored elsewhere.
Any ideas?

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 12:08 pm:   

you mean you archived them? ok, in outlook, go to the window that has your inbox, where it says inbox, click on it and some archived pst folders will appear, you can access them from there.
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 11:45 pm:   

I am using Win 95
I do not have pst folders under inbox,(or within).
I did not archive intentionaly...I was asked, by my computer, to "compress" them to save space in my inbox, this was accomplished by simply replying yes to a question....
Outlook must save email elsewhere?..
It does not seem to be under "users"...
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 10:05 am:   

outlook or outlook express? win 98:

outlook saves the archives under c:\windows\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook\ directory in win98 and the file is archive.pst.

there is also outlook.pst, at least on mine since i have 3 .pst files dating from 3 years back. the normal .pst file is in another location. right click on My Computer, and choose "find" on the menu. then type "*.pst" and search on your computer for all archives. then you open the one you want in outlook by choosing to open an archive. it's been awhile since i used win95, but as i remember, outlook in win95 is pretty much the same. i had office 97 before i upgraded to office 2000 and they both included outlook.

as far as outlook express. when you compress the files, you can do 1 at a time or all of them. it just compresses them. if this is the one you mean,then it's inthe c:\program files\outlook express folder and look for large sized .dbx files. that is, unless you have an older outlook express which had a different extension.
Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - 10:45 am:   

Mail you delete is not really deleted. Every year simply use Find files or Folders look in usually drive:\C type in .dbx(named). You will see inbox,outbox etcetra. Backup what you want when you delete its gone for good. Then you can delete to recycle bin and then delete again. Your mail folders will startup with the mininum amount on restart. You will see upon going back to the e-mail that the Outlook Express original welcome greets you.Start away again new now. Several megs of e-mail will be history.Have done this with OS\98-2nd\OE6

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