How To Archive In Outlook 2010 & Improve Performance

Read the many advantages of how to archive in Microsoft Outlook 2010, or scroll down straight away to start your email archiving process.

Note: archiving instructions in this article apply to all versions of Outlook, except where stated. The only difference is how to access the Auto-Archiving settings dialog. Otherwise, the instructions are identical.

Advantages Of Auto Archiving Outlook 2010 Email

Archiving email is a very helpful for any type of account – POP, IMAP, or MAPI. It is best if email archiving in Outlook is set up automatically, instead of remembering to do it periodically. In this guide, we show how to archive in Outlook 2010 automatically, so you don’t need to revisit the archiving process again.

The archiving process is not mandatory, but it is crucial to maintain optimal speeds in Outlook 2010. The larger your Outlook account, the more it slows down. Many of our email customers find it helpful to archive for very large accounts, and when they have many emails that are months, or years old, that are no longer needed.

It is important to keep in mind that when you archive emails, you are removing them from your email server. Archiving creates a compressed file in your computer’s hard drive. For this reason, it is STRONGLY recommended that you create a back up copy of these emails periodically. They can be burned to a CD, placed on a flash stick, or any type of memory device that can accommodate the size of the file.

How To Auto Archive Outlook 2010 Email

Step 1: Access the Auto-Archiving Settings (specific to Outlook 2010). Select the File tab from the main menu bar and click Options.

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Step 2: Select the Advanced tab from the left column. Then click the button AutoArchive Settings… (the 5th button from the top, on the right side).

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Step 3: Applying the Auto-Archiving Settings.

Run Auto Archive every (x) days: This is where you tell Auto Archiving how often to run. Our example shows every 14 days. Choose whatever value is most appropriate for the size of your email account.

Prompt before Auto Archive runs: This feature is useful because it gives you the option to cancel this particular Auto Archiving process.

Delete Expired Items: This feature only applies to emails that are defined to expire on a specific date. See the end of this article for an explanation of the difference between expired and older emails.

Archive or delete old items: If this check box is selected, then emails older than the time specified in Clean out items older than will be archived or deleted.

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More Outlook 2010 Archiving Options

The remaining options are useful. You can choose to permanently delete older Outlook emails or add them to the archive on your hard disk. Once an email is deleted, it is removed from both the server and your local machine, and can not be read again. However, if an email is archived, it is still accessible through the archive folder.

Show archive folder in folder list: Be sure to place a check / tick next to this option in order to be able to access your archived emails easily.

Permanently delete old items: Selecting this option will permanently remove your older emails from both the server and your local hard drive.

Move old items to: Selecting this option will archive your emails locally on your hard drive. You can use the default archiving folder, or press the Browse button to choose another location.

 What Is The difference Between ‘Expired’ & Older emails?

An expired email is an email that specified a date expiry time when it was created or sent. This might be useful for emails sent concerning a discount or offer that is only valid for a limited time. An older email is an sent past the number of days specified in the setting ‘Clean out items older than’.

Well, there you have it. Email archiving in Microsoft Outlook 2010. We hope you now have a more organized inbox and performance has improved.

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