As part of an exercise to reclaim some space on my hard drive I've just done a big tidy up of my Outlook Express and deleted or archived about 90% of the messages and compacted everything. But now, looking at the size of the .DBX files in Windows Explorer, I see that the Deleted Items folder is still shown as 179MB in size, but it is empty! When I try to open it to see what the 179MB is, a message appears saying there are no messages in it, and it won't open.
How can I get rid of this 179MB of nothing? Would it be safe to rename this DBX file as 'old' and then add a new file with the original name and then delete the old one? I know that OE is an odd set-up and I'm nervous of wrecking it if I do the wrong thing.
You can create a new Deleted Items folder using the following steps: 1. Exit Outlook Express. 2. Search your hard drive for Deleted Items.dbx and delete this file. 3. Restart Outlook Express. A new empty Deleted Items folder is created automatically.