Troubleshooting Microsoft Outlook issues

Over time you may notice that Outlook is not as responsive as it used to be.

In previous posts we have talked about:

Organizing  Outlook with custom folders
Determining  the size of your Outlook data file and folders

Deleting data and reducing your Outlook data file

Today’s tip is checking for misbehaving Add-ins. Add-ins are separate programs that hook into Outlook to provide additional functionality. Often there will be Add-ins installed and activated that you did not know were installed (commonly added as part of some program that you installed) or there are Add-ins that you no longer need.

Many times issues with Microsoft Outlook are caused by poorly written add-ins. Check Outlook for currently enabled Add-ins. Add-ins can cause Outlook, not to open, freeze or cause ‘not-responding’ issues.

You can open Outlook and check for Add-ins to  disable

File > Options > Add-ins.  There you’ll find COM Add-ins select that option and uncheck all non-Microsoft add-ins.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 Add-in Screen shot

Close and re-open Outlook.

To get the most complete Microsoft Outlook experience Advance Network Consulting recommends having either an In-house Exchange server or using Hosted Exchange with Messagedisk.

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