De-Dupe Emails in Outlook 2003

Posted on 2009-04-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Wondering if anyone knows of any tricks (like if there is any scripting that could do this) - or has any recommendations on any software app or vendor selling any kind of email de-dupe program.

Am having to manually merge about 2 dozen pst files from a blunder in our office.  Restoring to another Exchange install is not doable at the moment - and so Exmerge cant really help (can it?)

So I am having to import 1 PST after another into Outlook - sort each one out among the various folders the emails should be archived or saved to.
But I know that many users got same emails from distribution lists within the office.
But importing and sorting these PSTs one by one is painful enough at the moment that I dont have time to be wondering worrying or even caring if the PST I am in now has a bunch of duplicates from the last pst.  I just want to move the emails to their respective public folders (which are used kinda like file cabinets) and then when all the pst are imported and sorted - i would like to find an app that I could point to each folder and have it somehow show me the dupes - and then allow me to go through and delete them (individual or batch).

So, are there any 3rd party apps (if there is no M$oft or Exchange or Outlook way of doing it) out there that I can point at this new franken-emailbox and let it go to work?  Even if it identified what it thought were dups and then allowed me to go through and hit delete I would be happy.

Or any other ideas on how to accomplish this?

Question by:mmorocco
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello mmorocco,

    Free Duplicate Finder - OLfix
    Outlook Duplicate Remover

    Hope this helps!

    Author Comment

    Thanks war1!

    can you tell me if you have used these and how they worked for you?  I am going to give them a try.  my need is for use on public folders.  BIG public folders with 1000s of emails - and plenty of dupes.  
    LVL 97

    Expert Comment

    I have used OLfix to remove duplicate emails, but the dups were in the 10's, not 1000's.

    Author Comment

    Thanks war1.
    Just knowing that you have used them and thought enough to recommend it works for me!  I am going to give them a try (after a nice backup/copy is done of course).

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