Restore Outlook Reminder Popups

If you’ve been reprimanded for accidentally missing a mandatory staff meeting (oops) because Outlook didn’t remind you to go, you’ll be pleased to know that you can safely place the blame on someone from IT; it’s a known issue with Outlook.

Just make sure that after you’re through yelling at them (because I know how much you really wanted to attend that meeting) that you kindly direct them over here to fix your problems.

Exit Outlook and run:
[code]
outlook /cleanreminders
[/code]

If that doesn’t work, do this:
[code]
outlook /resetfolders
[/code]

It’s my understanding that Microsoft would rather write KB articles instead of better code.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Repair an Outlook OST Mailbox File

Sometimes when Outlook is setup to use Cached Exchange Mode, the offline file which is created on your local disk can be corrupted from an improper shutdown of Outlook, among other things. When this file contains errors, it will greatly diminish Outlook’s performance and in some cases prevent it from starting completely.

There are two things you can try.

  1. Repair the offline file with a Microsoft utility called SCANOST.exe. I’ve seen this file reside in a number of different locations, mainly within Program Files. It might be best to search for it with Windows or Google Desktop. SCANPST.exe will also work, though you’ll have to go digging for your outlook.ost, which should be near c:\Documents and Settings\ %profile%\ Local Settings\ Application Data\ Microsoft\ Outlook\ outlook.ost. If your file is significant in size, you’ll save a lot of time with the repair operation by not creating a backup. Because if the repair finishes successfully and Outlook still bombs, you’ll need to;
  2. Shutdown Outlook completely, including any runaway outlook.exe processes in the task manager. Open Mail in the Control Panel and before you delete your profile completely, write down the server settings! There’s no need to worry about backing up your mail as it’s stored on the Exchange server. (Essentially, you’re deleting that outlook.ost when you drop your mail profile.) Now, start Outlook and it will create a new profile, where you’ll configure the server with the information you wrote down previously.

Outlook will start normally again.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Backup Outlook 2003 Nicknames

Q: What’s more annoying than reloading your operating system?
A: Getting Outlook to relearn who you send emails to.

When composing a new message, as you key the recipient into the “To” field, Outlook will automatically attempt to find & match the intented recipent with a history of previously sent messages. This history is stored in a nicknames file. In Outlook 2003, the nicknames file is located in c:\Documents and Settings\ %profile%\ Application Data\ Microsoft\ Outlook\ Outlook.nk2

Finding it might be easier with Windows search, though. I’ve seen this file grow to a very significant size in some cases. Guard it with your life, unless you don’t mind reteaching Outlook your recipent list for another 6 months or more. You’ll be glad you did when it finally corrupts itself.

 

About Benjamin Perove

Ben has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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