Compacting your folders periodically is a must to keep OE
functioning well and at some point, you may lose all your saved messages if
With SP2, automatic background compacting was removed due to
problems it caused. Now you will get a prompt to compact after 100
OE closings, which you should do. See this for more information:
And this is a very good option:
Steve Cochran has added a button in his new version of OE Tool
that will not only Compact All Folders, but at the same time,
resets the "Compact Check Count" to zero whenever you compact
manually. You will see the prompt again if you do not compact
before 100 closings.
It is still advised to check Work Offline before you compact.
MS MVP - (IE/OE)
> If anyone can answer, much appreciated. I'm still a little new to OE.
> I'm running OE v6 on XP Home.
> Every time I close OE I get a Windows pop-up "To free up disk space,
> Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes"
> The choices are OK or Cancel. I always click Cancel because I'm afraid
> if I hit OK then my e-mails will get compacted or compressed somehow and I
> may never be able to get them again. There is another check box "Don't
> show me this again" but checking it has no effect, I always see it again.
> If I were to check OK, then presumably my e-mails would get compacted. If
> that were to occur could I still get and read them using OE or would the
> effect be essentially the same as deleting them?
> Thanks very much for answers and/or advice.