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Outlook Express Have lots of messages in my inbox, would like to delete them but can't. Please help!

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Re: Outlook Express

Ther is a shortcut key u can use if u click any e-mail then hold ctrl and press A this will highlight all e-mails then hit the del key to clear them out. this shortcut works in any folder it not only for outlook

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How to auto delete incoming mails that are sent before a specific time, say a week ago?

If using Outlook or Outlook Express, go to the inbox and then click on the column heading that says "Received." This will sort all your messages according to date. Then, use the scroll bars to go to the earliest message you want to delete and click on it. Next, use the scroll bars to find the latest message you want to delete. Press and hold the Shift key, and while continuing to press and hold the shift key, click on this last message. All the messages between these two dates should now be selected. Release the shift key. Finally, immediately press the Delete (sometimes simply labeled "Del") key. This should delete all your messages and put them in the Outlook "Deleted" folder.

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I want to retrieve mail from inbox(mailbox) with include search also by using pop3 protocol. my coding was work properly but after sometimes messages are deleted in server. please tell one solution...

Are you looking for a way to avoid messages to be deleted from server and see messages only from that mail ID in your inbox or how program to retrieve mails from that mail ID only. If the first, you can set the account settings of your mail client and specify not to delete messages and to keep a copy of messages on the server by using the Advanced tab of the account setting on your mail client such as outlook express.

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Cant delete email in Outbox of Outlook express


Stranger things have been known to happen to folks using Outlook Express, but I'm sure that's little comfort to you now. Here are some things you can try to remove the offending item from your inbox.
  • First, have you made sure that you are current with Windows Update patches and fixes? There are a bunch of nasty bugs in Outlook Express that can leave you open to attacks from specially formatted emails -- with or without attachments. Some viruses can be activated and spread to others just by viewing a message in the preview pane, but ONLY if you are using an old, unpatched version of Outlook.

  • Next, is your anti-virus protection up to date? If your service has expired, renew it ASAP. Or check with your ISP to see if they offer any free anti-virus software.

  • Try turning off the preview pane in Outlook (use View / Layout and UNcheck Show Preview Pane). Then right-click the offending message and select Delete.

  • Some users report success with pressing the Shift and Delete keys after highlighting the message. Note: This technique will delete the message without sending it to the Deleted Items folder.

  • Finally, it's possible that the undelete-able email does not contain any harmful content, but attempting to open it triggers a flaw in your anti-virus scanner. If you are certain that the email is a harmless message from a known person (and they are using anti-virus software), you could try suspending your anti-virus program, then attempt to delete the message.

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    Computer won't delete items from inbox on outlook express

    Do you have IMAP on your email server? IMAP is a duplicate of what you have in your email program, if your not deleting the messages on the server but only on your email program then your server space will be full and it will give people that send you email that message.

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    try to highlight the email you want to delete and press shift+delete this will permanently delete the email.

    If this solution works that means your trash folder is already corrupted.

    You might want to use different email client like Eudora, MS Office Outlook, Thunderbird.

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    Outlook express- wont let me delete messages...

    Try booting to safe mode and delete them and then DEFRAG your computer. Or defrag it then delete them.
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    I have outlook Express 6, when I try to delete any messages in the in box it will not let me. I hit delete and it will not delete. When I try to move it to a folder it says error occured. I need to...

    Try removing Outlook Express and reinstalling it. Go to control panel, select add remove programs, then add remove windows components. Uncheck the Outlook Express box and restart. The system once rebooted will boot wwithout outlook express. Then go back and recheck the box, reboot and this will reinstall outlook express. That should fix the problem.

    Make note that unless you backup your email you are going to lose all emails you do not back up so I recommend a backup first.

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