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... how do I stop it? So that I can compress when I feel like it rather than when it does.

Many thanks.
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You can't disable the prompt to compact (compress) your emails. It kicks in automatically when you've opened/closed OE 100 times. What you can do, however, is reset the counter in the Registry so it won't nag you again till OE has again been opened/closed another 100 times.

I've pulled the following registry fix from another website:

"If you don't want to compact for reasons of your own and you are skilled in using the registry, check for the info at this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID for Identity}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\6.0

Look in the right hand pane of the registry for "Compact Check Count" and reset its value to zero [0] and you will not be bothered again until the count of opening/closing again approaches 100"
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Done!

Thanks,

peter
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Peborgh--Not compacting can cause the mail box files to become corrupt and not function.  You should accept the invitation to compact or be very conscientious to do so at the next opportunity.
Some good reading.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/community/columns/filecorruption.mspx
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918069/en-us
On the other hand if the message to compact is frequently shown (well before the next 100th time you use OE), you need another fix.  Post back.
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I do. I am posting back!

peter
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Oh yes! It has started up again.

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Peborgh--"On the other hand if the message to compact is frequently shown (well before the next 100th time you use OE), you need another fix.  Post back."
So you are again getting frequent popups to compact, right?
This has been a popular subject here lately.  People have accepted different solutions in different threads.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_24262900.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_24262900.html
And a very long winded thread on eggheadcafe.com suggests still other solutions. http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/32020863/shut-off-do-you-want-to.aspx
One potential reason for all this is that some other program is accessing OE every few minutes and ringing up the Compact Check Count.
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The last thread appeared to work but time wil tell...

Thanks

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Peborgh--Glad to hear the good news.  You are welcome.
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