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A user's mailbox in Microsoft Outlook keeps saying it has exceeded its limit in size, and there are no visible mails to complement that statement. How can I resolve this?
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Question by:EyitayoTaiwo
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by:Pete Long
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Whats in sent items and deleted items?
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by:EyitayoTaiwo
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There are just four mails in the deleted items, and seven in the sent items.
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by:rockiroads
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Do these mail items have attachments? How big are the attachments?

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by:rockiroads
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if u right click on a folder, select properties, then select Folder Size
it will list that folder and its subfolders and its size for each one

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by:Eksteen
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are you running exchnage?
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by:war1
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Greetings, EyitayoTaiwo !

To view the emails, you may need to change the View setting.  In Outlook, go to View > Arrange By > Current View. Make sure (all) Messages is selected, so that all messages are being viewed, not just unread ones or some other filtered view.

Best wishes!
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by:usachrisk1983
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Right click on the root of all your folders (what they'd all collapse under), click properties, then look for folder size on one of the tabs.  It will give you a breakdown of each folder and their size. See which one is taking up the space, and check out that folder.  If need be, use war1's solution to make sure you're looking at all messages.  You can even sort by size to see if there's one biggie doing most of the damage.
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by:chris7878
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Another thing you can do is add the Size column.  To do this in Outlook 2003, click on View Arrange by, Current View, Customize Current View, Fields, and add Size.

After that, I click on the Size column header to sort the folder by size and see which email is taking up the most space.
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by:war1
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EyitayoTaiwo,

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Thanks, war1

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