Your Email folders grow as you send and receive emails. Create appointments and meetings. Set Tasks. Not only does the information become dated, it slows down the performance of your Inbox and wastes time when you search for items.
Your inbox also becomes dated, yet it’s important to keep records. And if you’re in a corporate environment with a limited mailbox size – dollars to doughnuts you’re always pulling your hair out to get under limit so you can receive emails again.
There is an answer to this problem. Plus it’s automatic and can be customized to a “T”. Your solution is called Archives (note – Outlook Express does not have this function).
Why is archiving such a great solution?
1. Effective record keeping
By archiving instead of deleting messages, you’ll keep records
2. Save disk space
Archiving uses compression, so archived items use less storage space. It is stored in a separate mail file, yet it opens and displays fully in your inbox..
3. Your inbox opens quicker
Because it’s lost weight. My cheeky way of saying you’ve shifted file size out.
4. Cut down on your clutter
Archiving removes items from your mailbox and puts them in the archive file.
Archiving works automatically. You’ll get a little prompt saying “Want to archive your old items now?” And all you have to do is say yes.
6. Individual settings
In Outlook each folder can have it’s own archive settings allowing you to archive more or less frequently or not at all.
AutoArchive is on by default and runs automatically at scheduled intervals, clearing out old and expired items from your folders (except Contacts). Old items are those that reach the archiving age you specify. It could be 4 months, it could be 2 months, a year. The choice is yours.
What AutoArchive does with items
AutoArchive can do one or both of the following things for you:
1. Permanently delete expired items
2. Delete or archive old items to an archive file.
The archive file is a special type of data file.
The first time AutoArchive runs, Outlook creates the archive file automatically in the following location:
C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Archive.pst
If you don’t see the Local Settings folder, it may be hidden. See Microsoft Windows Help for information about showing hidden folders.
Mirror image of your folders
When Outlook archives, it will set up a list of folders that directly match what you have in Outlook. They’re all nested under Archive Folders in your Folder List. You work with the Archive emails the same way you work with items in your main Inbox.
If you decide you want archived items moved back into your main mailbox, you can import all the items from the archive file into their original folders or into other folders you specify. Or you can manually move or copy individual items.