7 Tips to Speed Up Your
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Tuning Outlook – 7 Tips to Increase Your Speed

You click on the small, blue icon, but still the Outlook home screen takes ages to load, and it lasts a few moments until you see the mail preview. Then the mouse stops. If you’re familiar with this scenario, your Outlook is too slow. In many cases this will be due to incorrect settings that can be remedied quickly. We have put together 7 tips to help you tune your Outlook and get it up and running at full speed.

#1 Update your Windows installation

It may sound trivial but regular Windows updates are important to ensure that all programs run smoothly. Its a bit like your car. The likelihood of suffering a breakdown drops if you take it to the garage for regular inspections. A system update can fix Outlook errors in precisely the same way.

#2 Archive your Outlook inbox

Inbox archiving has two benefits. On the one hand it reduces the muddle caused by the daily flood of e-mails. On the other, though, it also makes Outlook quicker. Too many e-mails nesting in the inbox can slow down the program and make Outlook more sluggish. The individually customizable auto-archiving feature is the solution. For instance, it may be sensible to keep the e-mails from last month and this month, and to archive the rest. Click here to find out how

#3 Download complete items

Here is another bottleneck that is easy to fix. If Outlook is connected by IMAP or POP3, it is important always to download the complete message and not just the header. This can be checked under "Download settings". Simply activate the option "Download complete items" and the problem is solved!

#4 Create a search folder

You can bring Outlook right back to speed by creating search folders. Archive the e-mails you have read in folders sorted according to topics to ensure you can find them quicker later on. After all, the integrated full text search feature will run faster if it only has to browse a section of your archive. Find out how to create a search folder.

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  • Wednesday 15 February 2017

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