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How do I delete all the old messages from the Inbox in Outlook 200 [message #316475] Fri, 30 May 2008 21:11 Go to next message
jlandell  is currently offline jlandell
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I have over 2000 messages left in my Inbox from a bulk email I did. Now I
can't get rid of it all. There must be a straight answer to such a dumb
question, but I simply can't find one. I hope it's easy. I'm not able to
find a .pst file on my C: drive if that's actually the problem. I'm stuck
with this.
Re: How do I delete all the old messages from the Inbox in Outlook 200 [message #316503] Sat, 31 May 2008 04:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DL  is currently offline DL
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Inbox? sent mail should be in the Sent
I suppose you've tried selecting them & pressing delete?

The pst is a hidden file, you have to include hidden in any search, not that
you can do anything constructive with the pst, other than running
scanpst.exe, the repair tool on it.

"jlandell" <jlandell@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:923F5263-DBC9-4889-83F7-76CCB53750CB@microsoft.com...
>I have over 2000 messages left in my Inbox from a bulk email I did. Now I
> can't get rid of it all. There must be a straight answer to such a dumb
> question, but I simply can't find one. I hope it's easy. I'm not able to
> find a .pst file on my C: drive if that's actually the problem. I'm stuck
> with this.
Re: How do I delete all the old messages from the Inbox in Outlook [message #316541] Sat, 31 May 2008 12:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
jlandell  is currently offline jlandell
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OK, I found the scanpst.exe program, ran it, pointed to the huge file, and it
ran for a long time reporting it found a zillion errors. All done,
restarted, and the same dang thing happens. Error reports quote: Some items
cannot be deleted. They were either moved or already deleted :-[ or access
was denied. Unquote

sure... looking at the <<Help>> I get this news:

"This error may be the result of trying to delete more than 4,000 messages
at one time. Outlook can delete no more than 4,000 messages when it is
working with a server message store.
"To avoid this error, delete fewer than 4,000 messages in a single operation.
It is also possible that you do not have the appropriate permissions to
delete messages. If you need to delete content from a folder owned by someone
else, contact the owner of the folder to obtain the necessary permissions, or
have the owner delete the content for you."

No, no, I'm not trying to delete them all, it's one-at-a-time that doesn't
even work. I'd like to delete or move everything out of the way.
All-together-now! --WHAT??

PS: DL: I didn't know all these messages were going to the Inbox. I was
using Outlook 2003 with my Act! contact manager, and it all happened behind
the screen. I'm trying to get everything moved to Outlook because the Act!
program just ActsUp a lot. I later learned that 2003 doesn't ever work well
with this program.


"DL" wrote:

> Inbox? sent mail should be in the Sent
> I suppose you've tried selecting them & pressing delete?
>
> The pst is a hidden file, you have to include hidden in any search, not that
> you can do anything constructive with the pst, other than running
> scanpst.exe, the repair tool on it.
>
> "jlandell" <jlandell@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:923F5263-DBC9-4889-83F7-76CCB53750CB@microsoft.com...
> >I have over 2000 messages left in my Inbox from a bulk email I did. Now I
> > can't get rid of it all. There must be a straight answer to such a dumb
> > question, but I simply can't find one. I hope it's easy. I'm not able to
> > find a .pst file on my C: drive if that's actually the problem. I'm stuck
> > with this.
>
>
>
Re: How do I delete all the old messages from the Inbox in Outlook [message #316548] Sat, 31 May 2008 13:06 Go to previous message
DL  is currently offline DL
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Registered: June 2006
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Start scanpst.exe again, run it several times on the pst, if its still
fixing errors run it again until you get a clean pass.

"jlandell" <jlandell@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CEB8DA3F-EFB3-4C7C-973A-1FD6B4FA0745@microsoft.com...
> OK, I found the scanpst.exe program, ran it, pointed to the huge file, and
> it
> ran for a long time reporting it found a zillion errors. All done,
> restarted, and the same dang thing happens. Error reports quote: Some
> items
> cannot be deleted. They were either moved or already deleted :-[ or
> access
> was denied. Unquote
>
> sure... looking at the <<Help>> I get this news:
>
> "This error may be the result of trying to delete more than 4,000 messages
> at one time. Outlook can delete no more than 4,000 messages when it is
> working with a server message store.
> "To avoid this error, delete fewer than 4,000 messages in a single
> operation.
> It is also possible that you do not have the appropriate permissions to
> delete messages. If you need to delete content from a folder owned by
> someone
> else, contact the owner of the folder to obtain the necessary permissions,
> or
> have the owner delete the content for you."
>
> No, no, I'm not trying to delete them all, it's one-at-a-time that doesn't
> even work. I'd like to delete or move everything out of the way.
> All-together-now! --WHAT??
>
> PS: DL: I didn't know all these messages were going to the Inbox. I was
> using Outlook 2003 with my Act! contact manager, and it all happened
> behind
> the screen. I'm trying to get everything moved to Outlook because the
> Act!
> program just ActsUp a lot. I later learned that 2003 doesn't ever work
> well
> with this program.
>
>
> "DL" wrote:
>
>> Inbox? sent mail should be in the Sent
>> I suppose you've tried selecting them & pressing delete?
>>
>> The pst is a hidden file, you have to include hidden in any search, not
>> that
>> you can do anything constructive with the pst, other than running
>> scanpst.exe, the repair tool on it.
>>
>> "jlandell" <jlandell@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:923F5263-DBC9-4889-83F7-76CCB53750CB@microsoft.com...
>> >I have over 2000 messages left in my Inbox from a bulk email I did. Now
>> >I
>> > can't get rid of it all. There must be a straight answer to such a
>> > dumb
>> > question, but I simply can't find one. I hope it's easy. I'm not able
>> > to
>> > find a .pst file on my C: drive if that's actually the problem. I'm
>> > stuck
>> > with this.
>>
>>
>>
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