MS Outlook being the most widely used email client needs to be utterly reliable. But many times a few errors can make it falter causing loss of time and productivity. In such situations, waiting for helpdesk assistance could be frustrating and time-taking. Actually, more often than not, these errors can be solved be some really simple troubleshooting tricks which any of us can try out. This article will be highlighting 5 such best troubleshooting tips to fix outlook when it isn’t working.
- Archive your Data
Archiving saves old data to your local machine thereby clearing up space on the server. Over time, your Outlook client gets cluttered with emails, calendar entries, notes, meeting requests etc. It is bound to go beyond its limit if you’re not careful enough to archive. As a result, Outlook can become extremely sluggish and might even stop working. Thus, it is one of the first thing you should try if your Outlook is misbehaving.
- Delete your current Outlook profile and Build a new one
This might sound catastrophic but it’s not. This could be your best bet just when you’re about to un-install and reinstall Outlook in desperation. A word of advice – before doing this, POP account users should backup their data by exporting it. IMAP or Exchange server account holders need not worry about backing up while doing this. Just open the Control Panel, go to Mail | Profiles and delete the profile.
- Check if your Antivirus is messing with Outlook
Quite a few anti-virus programs have stubs which scan Outlook mails you send and receive for possible virus threats. While it is a very good security feature, scanning each mail can bring the speed of your Outlook down drastically. So if you can’t pinpoint the exact cause of your Outlook errors and are resorting to trying out different solutions, try this too. Disable your anti-virus -> quit Outlook -> give it a few seconds and restart Outlook. This might actually work!
- Check your Outlook PST
This should also be one of the first fixes you need to try. If you use Outlook, you’d be familiar with PST files. You should also know that the PST file is sensitive to errors which can lead towards bad experience in MS Outlook. So running a utility called ScanPST.exe could be your savior in times of Outlook distress. Locate this EXE file from the appropriate location (depending upon the version of Outlook you’re using) and run it. At the same time, be aware that this utility takes time to complete its operation. It backs up your data, scans all PSTs and then repairs errors in them. So if planning to use this one, then you should make sure about plenty of time on your hands.
- Run Outlook in Safe Mode and Disable add-ons
Sometimes having too many Outlook add-ons can be the source of your trouble. When the above mentioned fixes fails, try to run Outlook in safe mode by executing the command “<outlook executable path>\outlook.exe /safe” in your command prompt. If this makes Outlook perform better, go into Outlook’s Trust Center and disable any suspicious add-ons. Then restart your Outlook.
So there you go! 5 awesome fixes you could try to fix Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. Even if you’re facing unknown errors/bugs, these solutions should work just fine. While in most cases, one or the other of these solutions should work, if none of them do, you can go through advanced PST repair tool. This tool has potential to eliminate bad zones of Outlook data file. Then, you would be able to experience lost performance of Outlook email again.