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    Question Outlook Express

    Each time I use OE, I get this msg after I logoff. "To free up disk space, OE can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes - then there are only 2 response boxes - 'ok' and 'cancel'" Up to now I have only clicked on 'cancel' as I do not know what compacting my messages will do. Could someone please help me to understand this msg, and what will happen if the msgs are compacted. Thank you

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    Default Re: Outlook Express

    hey there and welcome to press f1
    its just asking to make your messages smaller to save space, i think (as i dont use OE) that pressing ok will be ok and that your messages will be ok.

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    Default Re: Outlook Express

    "Compacting" in OE is a bit of a misnomer.

    When you delete a message in OE, it isn't actually deleted - it is merely hidden in the deep dank recesses of the .dbx file. When you "Compact" folders it dumps out these semi-archived (but unretrievable without third party apps) messages from the .dbx files.
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    Default Re: Outlook Express

    Quote Originally Posted by ninja
    "Compacting" in OE is a bit of a misnomer.

    When you delete a message in OE, it isn't actually deleted - it is merely hidden in the deep dank recesses of the .dbx file. When you "Compact" folders it dumps out these semi-archived (but unretrievable without third party apps) messages from the .dbx files.
    Wonder if thats like the X files?

    I compact mine and no probs,so go ahead and take the risk.
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    Default Re: Outlook Express

    Have a look at your settings in OE go to tools /options/maintanance and look in there.
    OLEXP: How to Delete Newsgroup Messages and Headers in Outlook Express
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;166514
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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1568539,00.asp
    hth
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    Default Re: Outlook Express

    Quote Originally Posted by Prescott
    hey there and welcome to press f1
    its just asking to make your messages smaller to save space, i think (as i dont use OE) that pressing ok will be ok and that your messages will be ok.
    thank you - I will do this.

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