Compress a stubborn Outlook Express Inbox

In this guest post, TR member Jan Martin Lund shares a tip for working around the Inbox size limitations in Microsoft Office Outlook Express. Be sure to share your tips and tricks in the discussion thread.

This guest post was written by TR member Jan Martin Lund.

Recently, I was confronted with an Inbox (Outlook Express / Windows XP) that would not compress or receive new messages. I found out that it had surpassed a probable size limit of 2 GB.

The only solution I found to cope with the problem was to move all messages, distributing them into two temporary folders. Then the completely empty Inbox would compress normally and resume accepting messages. If necessary, messages can then be moved back from the temporary folders -- respecting the size limit.

I hope this little trick can help somebody out in a similar setting.

Do you have any tips or tricks for working around Inbox size limitations in Microsoft Office Outlook Express? Please share them in the discussion thread.