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MS Outlook, pst file exceeds maximum size

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I am getting a message from Outlook 2013 telling my .pst file has exceeded the maximum size.
PST FullThe message also says I may consider using the new .pst format, originating in Access 200 that allows more capacity.

My questions
1.  My reaction to this was to try and delete some or archive some of my email items with attachment.  However, every time I try to delete something it pops up the same message and the delete doesn't happen.  I'm kind of stuck, what steps can I take?

2. I am using Outlook 2013 so would't I already be using the new .pst file format with expanded size?  If not how can I change to it?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Check under Outlook, Accounts, Account Settings, Data File tab. I think you can change it there. I did this, so the option does not show for me. But I have done it, changed the format and all is well. New limit is about 50 GB in Outlook 2013/2016
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I was able to change my format in place (no export / import). Worked fine.
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@John - re: "I was able to change my format in place (no export / import). Worked fine. "

Could you care to elaborate on exactly how that was accomplished - step by step. Am not aware of any mechanism that does an "in-place" conversion of a PST file from one format to another without any intervening steps so am seriously interested on how that was done.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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It was some years back. I changed the format in the Data window in Outlook. I cannot recall exactly how this many years later.

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