Resolve Outlook Performance Problems

February 15, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Microsoft Outlook is a popular email and productivity tool, offering access to a calendar, your online contacts and potentially much more. You might have multiple email accounts or multiple calendar accounts setup, or even RSS feeds; this wide use is when problems can start to arise. The more accounts, the more data, and the more data the larger the Outlook database.

Problems with the Outlook database can lead to general errors with the application, which will result in you taking advantage of some built-in tools to resolve these problems.

Alternatively, you might have a lot of email attachments that you have created; the Temp directory is restricted in how many attachments of a particular file type can be stored, so managing this folder is in fact quite important.

Resolve Outlook performance issues

Download and Use IntelliAdmin Outlook Cleanup Tool

To get your copy of Outlook Cleanup Tool, visit and use the Downloads link. With the software downloaded, all you need to do is run it – there is no installer as the utility can sit and read the Temp folder for items you want to remove.

Once run, Outlook Cleanup Tool will display the contents of the Outlook Temp folder as described above. With these contents listed under Detected Files you can then choose to ether Clean All or check the ones you want to lose and use the Clean Selected option.

By tidying your Outlook Temp folder in this way you will avoid problems down the line as well as prevent unauthorised reading and theft of your email attachments!

Resolving Microsoft Outlook Database Errors

While it would be great if Outlook would run fast and efficiently at all times, this is unfortunately rare. Slow performance can indicate a database problem, regardless of whether or not an error message is displayed.

Aware of the potential for errors, Microsoft makes a utility available in Outlook. This can be opened via the installation folder, such as C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14 for Microsoft Office 2010.

The file you are looking for is scanpst.exe – this utility is used to repair your Microsoft Outlook inbox, fixing links to attachments, correcting issues with dates and recipients and generally performing useful fixes that will enable you to begin using the email inbox with a bit more efficiency.

To use the Microsoft Inbox Repair Tool, use the Browse button to find the location of the PST file you want to scan – in Windows 7, these are typically found in C:\My Documents\Outlook Files.

Once the file is found, click OK and then use the Start button to begin the scan. This might take some time – it isn’t unusual to find email inbox PST files amounting to several GB of data – so you will need to leave it to run for a while before returning.

Once the process is complete, the tool should have resolved most problems; for a really good general maintenance of your emails, use both of these tools in tandem!

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