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Windows 7: Help me with Outlook Mail sidebar

29 Jan 2010   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Help me with Outlook Mail sidebar

Ok this thing is just a mess and nothing works right and theres just too much "junk"

I've attached an image of the mail box.

I only want to run one email out of here & that is the one I have in the favorites folder, the one also below Personal Folders

What is this Personal Folders?

Can I get rid of it.. it just seems to double up my mail box & make me less efficient by spending more time searching.

Why do all of my Sent Items show up under the Personal Folder Sent Items & not the main JohnnyScience one that I sent it from?

Why do I have

Send Later
Sent Items
Sent Messages

What is the difference between the last two? And I can delete the Send Later folder & it will work properly right?

Why is there nothing listed under Sent Items, but there are a bunch of old sporadic emails in Sent Messages?

Why is there a Trash AND a deleted messages?

The thing is, I cant even find the stuff I've deleted in any of the folders listed as this!

Whats with Bulk mail can I get rid of it?

Outlook as been so frustrating for me with these questions at hand.

Thanks.


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29 Jan 2010   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Sorry, but your pic isn't showing. My first thought is you created a new account, but didn't make it the default. An image of the navigation bar and the data files tab in account settings would help to clarify. Info on attaching snips here if needed: A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
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30 Jan 2010   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Sorry, but your pic isn't showing. My first thought is you created a new account, but didn't make it the default. An image of the navigation bar and the data files tab in account settings would help to clarify. Info on attaching snips here if needed: A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
Hey sorry my fault. Here is the screenshot:


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30 Jan 2010   #4
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Sorry, but your pic isn't showing. My first thought is you created a new account, but didn't make it the default. An image of the navigation bar and the data files tab in account settings would help to clarify. Info on attaching snips here if needed: A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
Hey sorry my fault. Here is the screenshot:
PERSONAL FOLDER data files is the default created by Outlook.

This will remove the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEAFAULT).

3) Restart Outlook.

4) Move anything you want to save from the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file "folders" to the proper JOHNNYSCIENCE.... data file folders.

5) Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

6) Select the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file. Make a note of WHERE it is located on the HDD and WHAT its actual file name is. Select REMOVE.

7) Exit Outllook. Navigate to the HDD location of the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file in step 6. It will be a HIDDEN file. You can now delete it if you wish.

As for:

Send Later
Sent Items
Sent Messages

AFAIK only the SENT ITEMS folder is a default Outllook creation. Did you create the others? It appears you have several "non-standard" mail folders. Do they have anything in them? You can probably delete them BUT if you want to test it you can rename them first and see if something "breaks". There are several Outllook OPTIONS that can specify what to do with mail messages either on receipt or on on being sent. Have you modified any of the defaults? In particular the "keep deleted messages" etc, etc...

P.S. Are you using the Outllook Connector with a Windows Live Account? Are you accessing a POP3 account and you are trying to mirror its mail folder structure? That can have a bearing on things.
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31 Jan 2010   #5
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Sorry, but your pic isn't showing. My first thought is you created a new account, but didn't make it the default. An image of the navigation bar and the data files tab in account settings would help to clarify. Info on attaching snips here if needed: A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
Hey sorry my fault. Here is the screenshot:
PERSONAL FOLDER data files is the default created by Outlook.

This will remove the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEAFAULT).
Set as default is ghosted out when I try to highlight the JohnnyScience profile?
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31 Jan 2010   #6
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post

Hey sorry my fault. Here is the screenshot:
PERSONAL FOLDER data files is the default created by Outlook.

This will remove the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEAFAULT).
Set as default is ghosted out when I try to highlight the JohnnyScience profile?
What "profile" in what window? This changes your DATA FILE.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEFAULT).

Edit: Make sure you have selected the "Data Files" tab in the Account Settings window that opens in step 1 above.
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31 Jan 2010   #7
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post

PERSONAL FOLDER data files is the default created by Outlook.

This will remove the PERSONAL FOLDERS data file.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEAFAULT).
Set as default is ghosted out when I try to highlight the JohnnyScience profile?

What "profile" in what window? This changes your DATA FILE.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEFAULT).

Edit: Make sure you have selected the "Data Files" tab in the Account Settings window that opens in step 1 above.
Yes thats what I'm talking about. It is ghosted out for the JohnnyScience profile...


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01 Feb 2010   #8
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post

Set as default is ghosted out when I try to highlight the JohnnyScience profile?

What "profile" in what window? This changes your DATA FILE.

1) In Outllook - Go to FILE>DATA FILE MANAGEMENT.

2) Change your DEFAULT data file to the "JohnnyScience....." data file (SET AS DEFAULT).

Edit: Make sure you have selected the "Data Files" tab in the Account Settings window that opens in step 1 above.
Yes thats what I'm talking about. It is ghosted out for the JohnnyScience profile...
Hmmmmm..... I see what you mean..... most curious.....

How was the Johnny.....pst file created? It appears to have an odd name (the "0000002")It is possible that it is corrupted. I would try to run SCANPST on it.

Exit Outlook.

Show hiiden files so you can see the PST files.

Make a copy of the "Johnny...pst" file and rename the copy as a backup, just in case...

Then locate SCANPST.EXE in the Outlook Installation folder. In a typical 64 bit install it will be in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12".

Run SCANPST as an administrator and specify the suspect "Johnny.....pst" file and let it fix any errors.

Try again to set it as the default pst data file.

If the file still cannot be manipulated in the ordinary way I would try renaming it as it does appear to an odd name (you will have to remove the old name as a data file and add the new name as a data file).

Push comes to shove you can export the contents of the "bad" pst file out to a new pst file and then use (add) the new pst file as an Outlook data file and set that file as the default.

In any of the above steps KEEP YOUR BACKUP copy UNTOUCHED until you hav a cleaned up working PST data file that you are satisfied with.
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