Outlook Express Compaction

In Outlook Express; Tools Menu; Options; Maintenance tab; CleanUp Now button;the Local File Clean Up dialog, Local Files for O.E. are shown as 0 bytes, therefore wasted space is 0% and compaction is instantaneous. How can I get the real size of the O.E. folder recognised ?

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Re: OE

Righ below the button you mention is a button labeled "Store folder". Click that. It will show you what Windows Folder is used by OE to store all OE folders. Mine is C:\Documents and Settings\<myusername>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{586B6A2A-6616-4783-9263-EC4DECAA47AD}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.
Copy/paste that into the address bar of Windows Explorer, set the view to detail and see all OE folders and their size.


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A misunderstanding

It is not me that needs to know the size of O.E. - I want the Compaction Mechanism to recognise the correct size, so that compaction can happen - it can't happen while O.E. is 'thought' to have zero content.

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Rather than the route you are taking ...

try this:

1. Open Outlook Express
2. Select any folder (Inbox is good)
3. Click mouse on File Menu then
4. select Folder
5. now select either Compact folder or compact all folders.

This will gitter-done

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Interesting that we have both come to that conclusion 'simultaneously'. I did some research while waiting for a useful answer, and THAT is what was suggested. Because of the time that COULD be involved, I haven't tested it yet.

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