Outlook 2007 - making it leaner

My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I use office 2007.  I have been using Outlook 2007 for many years as my Act for Sage 2013 is not compatible with the latest versions after Outlook 2007.

My email is msn and I also have outlook connector installed.

The main folders that I have are : Personal folder, Archive folder and the msn email folder.  under this msn folder, I have lots of folders where I file my Read email for ease of retrieval.  I guess over the years I have accumulated tons of emails and some with attachments (not very large files), and thus whenever Outlook 2007 loads I think it takes longer.
I wonder if it is possible to file as many as possible of these folders onto my HD so that when outlook loads, it does not have to load all these emails and attachments, but at the same time whenever I need to refer to any of those emails in the HD, I could easily open it to read them.  
Hope the Gurus could please suggest a strategy or game plan on how to achieve this.  Please be as basic as possible so that it will be easy for me to follow.
Thank u.
jegajothyretiredAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
archive the older emails into a separate .pst. then close the .pst.. you can reopen the pst at any time in the future.
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Kent DyerIT Security Analyst SeniorCommented:
Further to the archive to pst files..  You can archive to pst by year..  For example, with my corporate e-mail, I have one for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Then, I placed old_archive as the old Inbox items, and Old_sent as the old sent items.  Also, you need to move off any e-mails with attachments (xls, doc, ppt, JPG, BMP, DFX, DWG, etc.).  Any e-mail that has many responses is also good target.  Any calendar items that have an attachment like a PPT can also be trimmed down.  Make sure your PST and your OST are in good shape (ScanPST and/or ScanOST) and then shrink as needed.  Detaching your PST files may minimize your load time - but I have probably 5-7 of them attached and have not really affected load times.

You may need to be sure you limit the amount of add-ons for McAfee, Xobni, etc. as well.

HTH,

Kent
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
Excellent ideas, thank u.
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