My Outlook email file is too large, how do I set up auto-archiving?

The way that Outlook stores your emails/contacts/calendar/etc. is all in one encapsulating file (.pst file), and as this file grows in size you will realize performance issues with Outlook.  If you notice underneath your “Personal Folders” you will see “Archive Folders”, this is where your emails are moved to limit the size of your mail file.  What I would recommend is setting up “auto-archiving” of your emails to limit the size of your email file and ultimately speed up Outlook.

To set up “Auto-archiving” follow the steps below (Outlook 2007):

1. Open Outlook and click on “Tools” then “Options”

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2. Click on the “Other” tab

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3. From here you select multiple options in regards to how often you want to auto-archive, the time length before emails should be archived, etc.

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4. Click “Ok” and you are all set!  Your email file should limit it’s size now and hopefully improve some performance in Outlook.

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