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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:33 PM
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Can I clean out my e-mail (outlook express) and dump it all on a cd ?
Probably a dumb question, but thought I read that on here somewhere. (Yes this is how I clean house too - scrape off the desk into a box and shove it in the closet)

I seem to have thousands of sent and recieved mails and believe it or not I want to keep a lot of it, but not on the computer. So is there an easy way or do I have to open everything and copy it into my documents somehow?

Sorry if this is a lame question.
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footinmouth Donating Member (630 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:35 PM
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1. See thread below
Someone was having trouble with this very thing this morning. I left some instructions and links that seem to be working. The thread is called "Need help transferring data". I left the links to the MS Knowledge base in there where it tells you how to back up your Email. Good luck.
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Plausible Donating Member (386 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:45 PM
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2. email
You get too much email piled up in outlook express and it will get pretty cranky and minimally slow things down.

Here is probably what you are looking for:

http://email.about.com/cs/oetipstricks/qt/et102502.htm
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:56 PM
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3. follow these instructions..
1. Open Outlook Express, and on the Tools menu, click Options.
2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
3. Highlight the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
5. Click Start, and then click Run.
6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
7. Click anywhere in the open window, and press CTRL+A, then CTRL+C.
9. Create a new folder. Open the new folder, and press CTRL+V.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 01:22 AM
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4. thankyou, still have problem though -
copied everything but now I can't open the files in the folder I created. They look like the right ones (inbox, deleted, drafts etc)
But I don't know what to open them with. They are .dbx files and if I look on line it sends me to something called MS Visual Foxpro- something do I have to buy that? It takes FOREVER to download stuff - I am on a very old telephone line in a rural area. Is there a way to change the file type or is there some other way to poen and read these?
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 10:54 AM
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5. download this freeware proggy..
OE Reader (formerly MiTeC DBX Viewer) is a viewer for Microsoft Outlook Express 5/6 message database files(.dbx). Just browse for the .dbx file, open it and the program will display a list of all contained messages and their header. You can choose to view the messages in text or HTML view, sort them and also save them as standard .eml files. Additional features include support for attachments and printing.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/dbxviewer.html
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 08:57 PM
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6. Yahoo! It worked!
Thank so much. Took me a while to figure out how to read the messages butI did. Now thousands of e-mails are off my computer! thankyou, thanyou, thankyou. It will be interesting to see if I ever look at any of them again - ha ha
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Liberal Mommy Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-17-04 03:17 AM
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7. I thank you as well!
That was much easier than I thought it would be. :)
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