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Outlook sent message folder clearing

by tneva82 / June 2, 2011 10:02 PM PDT

Computer has multiple excel's running each which periodically sends emails. This obviously creates eventually quite a lot of emails to be sent and as it turns out too many in the sent folder causes eventually mail sending go all haywire. Not sure why but that's just how it is.

Solution is simple: Keep sent message folder not too crowded. However manually removing those gets annoying. And messages are supposed to be hold for a while so not storing them in sent folder isn't an option.

Any way outlook(or windows) could be configured to automatically delete messages from sent folder after message is X days old?

Using XP with outlook express 6.


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Clarification Request
Which Outlook?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 6:31 AM PDT

I recall Outlook versions 95, 97, 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

I can't tell if my idea applies to all versions.

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OOps. It's Outlook Express 6!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 6:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Which Outlook?
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Sorry, I think this wouldn't work.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 6:41 AM PDT

The OP wants the messages to stay around for a X days. So only delete if older than X days. Deleting the Sent Items.dbx deletes all.


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Your right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 6:44 AM PDT

It looks like a binary answer. But one could move it out every X days to a backup. But this may require just above a newbie mindset.

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Outlook Express is not programmable.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 3, 2011 12:38 AM PDT

So you need a third party program to do it (if that exists). Replacing it by MS Outlook might be an option, because you can write your own macro's (in VBA) in it.


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