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Old 06-19-2012, 12:45 PM
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How do you turn off Compact Folders in OE

Is there anyway to turn off Compact Folders in OE?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:16 PM
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Is there anyway to turn off Compact Folders in OE?
Sounds like it is not a good idea

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6121_102...tlook-express/

http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...utlook-Express
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:48 PM
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Is there anyway to turn off Compact Folders in OE?
Compacting is normal behavior in OE. OE is set to compact after opening and closing the program 100 times. Once you allow the compact to take place the count will be reset. You don't want to disable the feature. Compacting folders is a useful and necessary feature. It keeps OE running smoothly and prevents data corruption in your email.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:05 PM
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Why you would want to do this I have no idea. In Vista there is a way to change the settings of the default which will ask you to compact every 100 openings of windows Mail. Here is a site where Compacting is fully explained


http://email.about.com/od/outlookexp...compact_oe.htm

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:44 PM
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Windows Mail is NOT Outlook Express. How it handles compacting of files may be different. It's no longer being used by MS anyway. It could be re-activated in Win-7, but is totally disabled in Win-8.

Just let OE do its thing. It knows what it's doing....it's been doing it for over ten years. Eh?

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I just know from first hand experience that the last time I let it compact it totally emptied my Saved folder. Lost all of it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:17 PM
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I just know from first hand experience that the last time I let it compact it totally emptied my Saved folder. Lost all of it.
Before compacting backup OE. Then is something goes wrong you can restore your mail from the backup. Often if a folder is on the verge of corruption that can happen.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:11 PM
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I just know from first hand experience that the last time I let it compact it totally emptied my Saved folder. Lost all of it.
You should be backing up all your email data anyway.
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I just know from first hand experience that the last time I let it compact it totally emptied my Saved folder. Lost all of it.
And in your other thread about losing the saved mail I explained how OE basically backs up itself before compacting just in case something like that happens.
I don't think the vast majority of people who use it even know that it does that but it does.
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And if it ever does screw up when compacting it always puts a backup of every folder in your recycle bin with a .bak extension before it does it..
If something is screwy or missing after compacting you can simply restore the .bak file and then go to the store folder and change the extension back to .DBX.
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