Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

Okay..I will be the first to admit that I am no computer genius.  You might guess that by the title of this blog!

I love Outlook! Not exactly intuitive for other things, but nothing better for receiving e-mails!  It had started acting up a little of late and I couldn't figure out why.  I looked to see if something was running in the background...nooooo. Any other little blips that I could figure out....noooooo.

Oh, I wonder if 3599 deleted messages that weren't completely deleted might be a problem? QUIT LAUGHNG!!!!!!

So, why are you hearing from me when I have been very remiss with the Rain of late?  Because my computer is deleting my deleted messages and it has 3 hours to go! QUIT LAUGHING, DARN IT!

I am now on my laptop, which doesn't have the stuff on it I need to work on...but I can write to my friends and give them a good laugh! OKAY..NOW YOU CAN LAUGH!



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Joe Pryor
REALTORĀ® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
The Virtual Real Estate Team

I am an Outlook person too. I have set Outlook to delete the delete box every time I leave Outlook and that solves that problem. I love the spam filter, and I set rules for incoming recurring emails to go directly to folders. Keeping the inbox clean is also important. Tech can really rule us, and having an expert who can come to the source helps too. I use Pat Zaby's Respond that turns my Outlook into a real estate specific database, so Outlook is my everything. Don't forget to back up too. Losing data can make you go crazy. 

August 13, 2009 07:54 AM
Cheryl Powell
The Powell Team- Helping YOU make the right move!
RE/MAX Executive Realty - The Powell Team

You just deleted more messages than I have received in my entire life!

August 13, 2009 08:05 AM
Chris Olsen
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate
Olsen Ziegler Realty

Hey Paula -- Computers are complex machines and just as soon as you learn one thing, there are five more things waiting to be learned!  Never ending isn't it?

August 13, 2009 08:11 AM
Mary Strang
Real Estate

Yikes... This makes one wonder how many un-deleted emails there are in the universe? That answer will make us all feel very tiny in the grand scheme of things...

August 13, 2009 08:11 AM
Vickie Nagy
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932

Thanks for the sharing your plight. It sounded funny at first, until I read that it needed 3 more hours to delete the messages. That's definitely not funny...and it sounds like de-fragging your hard drive will be in order to help speed up the performance.

August 13, 2009 08:16 AM
Don Gockel
Realtor, Broker, GRI - Antelope Valley Real Estate
The Gockel Group - Palmdale Lancaster Quartz Hill -

If your only using Outlook for email, switch to Windows Live Mail. I just checked and I have well over 9,000 emails in my deleted folder and I suffer from no slow down. There is no good reason to leave that many in the deleted folder, I know. To those who suggest Outlook Express.... You will get a big shock when you run out of space, the program will fail completely and you will loose ALL of your emails! Switch now! Don't risk loosing your communication history.

August 13, 2009 08:42 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

OMG....too funny for sure.  So true isn't it.  LOL

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth nh real estate

August 13, 2009 08:57 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

Paula - Only one other thing that I didn't see here in the comments unless I missed it of course... don't forget to compact all folders... after you delete all those messages. This will also help out the speed factor...

Right click on Personal folders

Click on advanced

Then click compact now....

and off it goes... then defrag the puter

Hope this helps and good luck...

August 13, 2009 09:00 AM
Darrell Walters
W. Darrell Walters

One way to save your information is to archive it. This will allow you to still access the old messages without it taking up the space needed for your new ones. BTW, I use outlook and google frequently.

August 13, 2009 09:30 AM
Monica at LifeOhm
LifeOhm - Life Coaching for Real Estate Professionals

I do that too, I forget to clean out my deleted box quite often. With so many spam emails and newsletters, it fills up quickly too!

August 13, 2009 11:47 AM
Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

And this is exactly why I stopped using OUTLOOK and use GOOGLE GMAIL and GOOGLE CONTACTS now! What a huge difference. Outlook crashes my laptop! It takes forever because it is all downloading on to the hard drive. With Google, it is all on line, no taking up space on your hard drive! Katerina

August 13, 2009 02:01 PM
Damon Gettier
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

lol...the last I checked I had just over 22,000 emails from this year.  Unlike some, I never delete emails.  If I ever need them I will always know where to find them.  I use RackSpace.com.

August 13, 2009 02:07 PM
Jason Crouch
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Austin Texas Homes, LLC

I used to use Outlook for years, but I made the switch to Gmail about two years ago and I have never regretted this decision.

August 13, 2009 04:37 PM
Steven Nickens
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
Island Sotheby's International Realty


That amazing, you must be a super star agent with that many emails to delete.  Your probably way to busy, that is not always a bad thing.


August 13, 2009 05:38 PM
Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

My inbox is a bear too. I spent half a day recently sorting through them and filing things in folders.

August 13, 2009 08:00 PM
April Solomon
Solomon & Associates Realtors, Inc.

Aaaah don't you love technology.  I can't imagine being on the pc 3 hours deleting.  I tend to delete my emails on a daily basis and archive the rest.

August 13, 2009 09:14 PM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Hi Paula, I was laughing, but only because I can totally relate!  Now how does this happen though? I try to keep on top of the never ending delete --but 3 hours??!!! OH MY!!!

August 13, 2009 10:27 PM
Paula Swayne
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715

Hi Again Everyone!
I had no idea that my ineptness on a computer woudl result in so many empathetic, yet helpful people! Thanks everyone...I will be trying a few of these suggestions!  It was just one of those "I could cry or laugh...and decided laughing was the better decision!

August 14, 2009 09:39 PM
Dave Keys
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert
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Outlook is a Sherman Tank. It does well in a heavy duty corporate environment with plenty of support.

I even run an exchange server for those who insist on it.

I use Gmail.

It does labels, filters spam better than anything else hands down. It does everything. It never dies or chokes up when I do a mass/batch action.


Dave Keys

August 15, 2009 12:21 AM
Paula Swayne
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715

It sounds like I am going to start using my gmail account that I already have! (Just never use!)

August 18, 2009 01:16 AM
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