Outlook is widely used nowadays, but it isn’t utterly reliable due to its vulnerability. This article will teach you 6 best and most effective techniques to troubleshoot Outlook problems.
As a regular user of Outlook for a long time, I have come across various Outlook problems. More often than not, these issues may arise from the oversized PST file, harmful add-ins in Outlook, antivirus scanner, corrupted profile or compromised Outlook file. Thus we can take the corresponding troubleshooting measures, for instance, reduce the file size, remove guilty add-ins, create new profile or repair Outlook file, etc.
1. Archive Outlook Data
If you have utilized Outlook for decades and never cleared up its inner data, Outlook will seize up from time to time definitely. Initially when you begin using Outlook, it is able to work smoothly. But over time, increasing emails, contacts, appointments, notes and other items are stored in one Outlook file. The file will tend to reach and even beyond its size limit. In this case, Outlook will become sluggish and even stop working.
Therefore, when Outlook misbehaves, you have to archive old data in the first place. Go to “File” menu. From the drop down list of “Cleanup Tools”, you can see “Archive” feature.
2. Remove Faulty Outlook Add-ins in Safe Mode
Besides oversized PST file, faulty add-ins in Outlook is another important culprit. When you install third party software on your computer, they may plug add-ins to Outlook without any prompts. In most scenarios, they will make effects on Outlook performance, and sometimes even force it stop working. Thus you have to disable the suspected ones.
Start Outlook in safe mode by “outlook /safe” command. After that, head to “File” > “Options” > “Add-ins” > “Go”. Finally in the new dialog box, you can remove the add-ins. If feasible, it is suggested to disable all the external add-ins, only leave Microsoft ones.
3. Disable Antivirus Software Integration with Outlook
To prevent viruses and malware, many users must have installed antivirus software on computer. Here comes the problem. With the software, all the emails that you send or receive in Outlook will be scanned automatically. Though this feature protects Outlook to a great extent, it will slow down Outlook as well. Hence if you meet unknown Outlook problems, disabling antivirus software integration with Outlook may a good choice. You can disable it no matter in Outlook Add-ins or in the software itself. After disabling, stop and exit Outlook for a few seconds, and then restart it.
4. Rebuild Outlook Profile
As we all know, if the profile is corrupted, Outlook will malfunction absolutely. Thus, provided that the mentioned above tips cannot help you do away with Outlook problems, you should consider recreating the mail profile.
Go to “Control Panel” > “Mail” > “Show Profiles” > “Add” to create a new profile. And then configure the email account. Next set the newly generated profile as the default opening profile. Eventually restart Outlook.
5. Check Your PST File by Means of Scanpst.exe
If you are a regular user of Outlook, you must be familiar with PST file. All your Outlook data in one email account will be stored in one PST file. Besides, the file is error prone. So when errors occur to your PST file or the file is broken, Outlook will function improperly. Under this circumstance, your first choice is to resort to a free built-in utility – Scanpst.exe.
You can seek out the tool in Outlook installation directory. After finding and running it, just follow the instructions to check your PST file.
6. Repair Outlook File with Help of Dependable Repair Tool
Supposing that Scanpst,exe cannot make effects and even bring out more serious problems, it is time for you to lean upon a more versatile third party repair tool, such as DataNumen Outlook Repair. Due to its high recovery rate, it has earned a lot of appreciations.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com