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Deleting outbox messages in outlook Express

  • Outlook Express
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
January 22, 2013 12:14:27 AM

the bad thing in XP was when the outbox contained over 2.5 million messages it would shut the system

down/wont send cuz box is too full..

there are certain steps you can take to delete the outbox altogether and system

will generate a new one of its own..

cant recall those steps..can you help?

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January 22, 2013 2:42:38 AM

Try this:
"Empty the Outbox in Outlook Express, move any messages you want to Send later to the Drafts folder.

Close Outlook Express.
Do a Search for .dbx files.
Search:•Start > Search > For Files or Folders > All files and folders,
In the field for: all or part of the file name
Key in:
Below that, click on More advanced options
in the field: Type of File, select (All Files and Folders)
place a checkmark in:
•Search system folders
•Search hidden files and folders
•Search subfolders
click Search

Locate the Outbox.dbx file and delete it.
Restart Outlook Express, a new Outbox.dbx file will be created.
Send yourself a Test message to see if it leaves the Outbox.

You may need to enable Show Hidden Files and Folders to see the .dbx files.
Windows XP:•Open My Computer,
Tools > Folder Options > View tab,
under Hidden Files and Folders, verify Show Hidden Files and Folders is selected.
Remove the check mark for Hide Extensions for known file types.
Apply, OK to save and close."

January 22, 2013 2:54:03 AM

and many thanks/will give it a shot...appreciate the help..
Kerry Muzzey
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January 22, 2013 2:55:36 AM

Glad to help, hope it works for you.
January 24, 2013 12:27:43 PM

and not really concerned at recovering anything in particular, but it shuts down

also the outbox/system wont send anything/have to use alternate carrier...dont

like to, but no choice...and just wanted to get it back to normal working again/clear

up whatever is ailing it... and thanks........Kerry
February 2, 2013 11:20:32 PM

Best answer selected by mobilemuzz.
May 31, 2013 8:34:59 PM

kenrivers, I don't know you but I think I love you! I am several thousand years old and hate computers with a passion. They probably hate me in return. Whatever - Your instructions for emptying the outbox in outlook express were clear, easy to follow, and sorted the problem in a couple of minutes. Cannot thank you enough !