Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dealing With A Slow And Unresponsive Microsoft Outlook Application

As you use your Microsoft Outlook application over some time, the email folders eventually get overloaded and become a mess. When the Outlook email folders get too crowded, problems like Outlook slowing down while opening, etc can occur. Follow the simple guidelines mentioned below to fix the Outlook problems that cause Outlook to slow down or become unresponsive.


  • Launch Microsoft Outlook on your computer. If a desktop shortcut exists, click on the desktop shortcut link to launch the application. If not use the Start menu popup. To launch the Start menu, click on the Start orb placed in the bottom left corner of the home screen.
  • From the Start menu popup, select the label that reads All Programs. From the All Programs submenu, select the label that reads Microsoft Outlook.
  • Drop into the inbox folder. From the inbox folder, select the emails that have been read already. Move the selected read emails into a new a folder. To move the emails, select the emails, and drag and drop them into the folder where you are storing the reads emails. For the best results, try to keep the number of these in your inbox folder under 100. Anything beyond that would be asking for an application crash.
  • Customize your archive settings. Make Outlook delete all the messages that are moved into the archives folder. This will clear up the space. Move the mouse and highlight the label Inbox Folder. Right-click on this folder. From the drop down, select the label that reads Properties.
  • This will launch the Properties Window. Select the AutoArchive tab. Scroll down the tab. Set the time for which you want the folder to hold the archived messages. Enter the date into the drop down date box.
  • Hit the trash button to clear the trash folder, both on Outlook and on your computer. This can fix the issues to an extent.
  • Restart your Outlook application, after you have finished performing the above-mentioned procedure. Try accessing your inbox, and other folders.
  • If you still have issues with Outlook, try reconfiguring the whole thing, or reaching the service provider of the same for support.

Follow the above steps to fix your Outlook problems. For more assistance and help on the same, feel free to reach us anytime, on our 24-hour toll free help line number. You may also drop by our tech support pages for assistance and help.

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