Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

Okay..I will be the first to admit that I am no computer genius.  You might guess that by the title of this blog!

I love Outlook! Not exactly intuitive for other things, but nothing better for receiving e-mails!  It had started acting up a little of late and I couldn't figure out why.  I looked to see if something was running in the background...nooooo. Any other little blips that I could figure out....noooooo.

Oh, I wonder if 3599 deleted messages that weren't completely deleted might be a problem? QUIT LAUGHNG!!!!!!

So, why are you hearing from me when I have been very remiss with the Rain of late?  Because my computer is deleting my deleted messages and it has 3 hours to go! QUIT LAUGHING, DARN IT!

I am now on my laptop, which doesn't have the stuff on it I need to work on...but I can write to my friends and give them a good laugh! OKAY..NOW YOU CAN LAUGH!



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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am an Outlook person too. I have set Outlook to delete the delete box every time I leave Outlook and that solves that problem. I love the spam filter, and I set rules for incoming recurring emails to go directly to folders. Keeping the inbox clean is also important. Tech can really rule us, and having an expert who can come to the source helps too. I use Pat Zaby's Respond that turns my Outlook into a real estate specific database, so Outlook is my everything. Don't forget to back up too. Losing data can make you go crazy. 

Aug 13, 2009 12:54 AM #43
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
RE/MAX Executive - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

You just deleted more messages than I have received in my entire life!

Aug 13, 2009 01:05 AM #44
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hey Paula -- Computers are complex machines and just as soon as you learn one thing, there are five more things waiting to be learned!  Never ending isn't it?

Aug 13, 2009 01:11 AM #45
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Yikes... This makes one wonder how many un-deleted emails there are in the universe? That answer will make us all feel very tiny in the grand scheme of things...

Aug 13, 2009 01:11 AM #46
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

Thanks for the sharing your plight. It sounded funny at first, until I read that it needed 3 more hours to delete the messages. That's definitely not funny...and it sounds like de-fragging your hard drive will be in order to help speed up the performance.

Aug 13, 2009 01:16 AM #47
Don Gockel
NextHome The Gockel Group - Palmdale Lancaster Quartz Hill - - Palmdale, CA
Realtor, Broker, GRI - Antelope Valley Real Estate

If your only using Outlook for email, switch to Windows Live Mail. I just checked and I have well over 9,000 emails in my deleted folder and I suffer from no slow down. There is no good reason to leave that many in the deleted folder, I know. To those who suggest Outlook Express.... You will get a big shock when you run out of space, the program will fail completely and you will loose ALL of your emails! Switch now! Don't risk loosing your communication history.

Aug 13, 2009 01:42 AM #48
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

OMG....too funny for sure.  So true isn't it.  LOL

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth nh real estate

Aug 13, 2009 01:57 AM #49
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Paula - Only one other thing that I didn't see here in the comments unless I missed it of course... don't forget to compact all folders... after you delete all those messages. This will also help out the speed factor...

Right click on Personal folders

Click on advanced

Then click compact now....

and off it goes... then defrag the puter

Hope this helps and good luck...

Aug 13, 2009 02:00 AM #50
Darrell Walters
W. Darrell Walters - Newnan, GA

One way to save your information is to archive it. This will allow you to still access the old messages without it taking up the space needed for your new ones. BTW, I use outlook and google frequently.

Aug 13, 2009 02:30 AM #51
Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

I do that too, I forget to clean out my deleted box quite often. With so many spam emails and newsletters, it fills up quickly too!

Aug 13, 2009 04:47 AM #52
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

And this is exactly why I stopped using OUTLOOK and use GOOGLE GMAIL and GOOGLE CONTACTS now! What a huge difference. Outlook crashes my laptop! It takes forever because it is all downloading on to the hard drive. With Google, it is all on line, no taking up space on your hard drive! Katerina

Aug 13, 2009 07:01 AM #53
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

lol...the last I checked I had just over 22,000 emails from this year.  Unlike some, I never delete emails.  If I ever need them I will always know where to find them.  I use RackSpace.com.

Aug 13, 2009 07:07 AM #54
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I used to use Outlook for years, but I made the switch to Gmail about two years ago and I have never regretted this decision.

Aug 13, 2009 09:37 AM #55
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii


That amazing, you must be a super star agent with that many emails to delete.  Your probably way to busy, that is not always a bad thing.


Aug 13, 2009 10:38 AM #56
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

My inbox is a bear too. I spent half a day recently sorting through them and filing things in folders.

Aug 13, 2009 01:00 PM #57
April Solomon
Solomon & Associates Realtors, Inc. - Port Richey, FL

Aaaah don't you love technology.  I can't imagine being on the pc 3 hours deleting.  I tend to delete my emails on a daily basis and archive the rest.

Aug 13, 2009 02:14 PM #58
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Paula, I was laughing, but only because I can totally relate!  Now how does this happen though? I try to keep on top of the never ending delete --but 3 hours??!!! OH MY!!!

Aug 13, 2009 03:27 PM #59
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Again Everyone!
I had no idea that my ineptness on a computer woudl result in so many empathetic, yet helpful people! Thanks everyone...I will be trying a few of these suggestions!  It was just one of those "I could cry or laugh...and decided laughing was the better decision!

Aug 14, 2009 02:39 PM #60
Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

Outlook is a Sherman Tank. It does well in a heavy duty corporate environment with plenty of support.

I even run an exchange server for those who insist on it.

I use Gmail.

It does labels, filters spam better than anything else hands down. It does everything. It never dies or chokes up when I do a mass/batch action.


Dave Keys

Aug 14, 2009 05:21 PM #61
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

It sounds like I am going to start using my gmail account that I already have! (Just never use!)

Aug 17, 2009 06:16 PM #62
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