5 Tips To Boost Microsoft Outlook Performance

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In today’s rapidly growing world of technology, all we want is to complete our task quickly and to do so, we use technology as our key source to accomplish variety of such tasks. But what if these technologies start performing sluggishly and become an obstacle? Yes, performance is one of the biggest concerns for software and applications that were developed using technologies which makes our life easier. And that’s why tech geeks and inventors of such applications always try to improve them.

There are some tips and manual instructions that come with every application through which a user can individually speed up its execution. Microsoft Outlook is an awesome productivity tool and the perfect platform for email communication, whether it is used for home purpose or a bigger enterprise solution. But, Outlook has also some drawbacks which slow down its performance. Mostly, it has been found that Outlook users encounter common issues regarding indexing, searching, creating mail and using Outlook for other activities.

The question is: “Is there any way to overcome such common bugs and what are the actual causes behind them?” There are a number of common tips and tricks which can improve the performance of Outlook and save lots of time for users from messy client issues like freezing and hanging. Have a look on the following tips to optimise Outlook performance:

1. Make PST Files More Compatible

Outlook saves its entire database into one particular file format which is called PST file. Each version of Outlook has its own PST file size limit. A heavy PST file can slow down the Outlook processing and even lead to its corruption. Take a simple example of an older version of Outlook (2003) which has a file limitation of 2GB. Imagine what happens if this data file crosses its limit of 2GB? In such scenario, either Outlook will delete the emails or start showing some kind of error (2GB file limit). But, Outlook endows amazing inbuilt functions like archiving (auto archiving), exporting and compacting, which can handle such kind of circumstances by reducing the size of Outlook data file without impacting its contents.

2. Remove Problematic Third-Party Plug-Ins

Sometimes, users add several types of plug-ins in Outlook to simplify their task as these plug-ins complete tasks in one single click. But have you ever noticed that these plug-ins or add-ins are another prime cause of slow Outlook performance and becomes the most common reason for errors? Always work in an Outlook environment where third-party plug-ins are turned off – if you don’t want to face any bug while opening or working with Outlook.

3. Familiarise With New Updates Of Outlook Client

Always keep yourself updated with recent Outlook (Windows) patches and service packs because Microsoft always performs changes and up-gradation of their product to fix various demerits. Install Windows Updates, so you can track and be updated with recently made changes by Microsoft in aspect of their product.

4. Check The Scanning Program Settings

It sounds very surprising that scanning programs can be the culprit, while they usually protect machines and its components from external infections like virus or malware. It does not make sense, but in the case of using Outlook it can be a point to take note of. Outlook uses a firewall and other scanning programs such as Norton, McAfee, etc. to keep its inbox safe from attacks of infected emails. It also tends to hamper the entire receiving of emails sometimes without justifying the security level of emails. To fix such bugs, you need to disable them or you can also make changes within its security policy so it could allow Outlook to access those files or messages.

5. Free Remedy For Outlook

PST Data File is a core part of Outlook and I think it has been cleared from the above paragraphs as most of the errors begins from it. But, it’s not compulsory that each time these above given manual methods will positively troubleshoot the issues. For such concerns, Outlook gives a free inbuilt remedy to fix the corruption of PST file which helps to overcome various unwanted disturbances in PST file and occurrence of related errors.

Conclusion

Overall, some minor factors can create big obstacles for your Outlook and its data. Hence, it is not just important to follow the given tips to optimise Outlook performance. Somewhere, these simple terms reduce the risk of important email loss.

Peter Hartley

As author of MS Outlook Tools, Peter has experience more than 20 years in IT industry and he is now working with an expert data recovery firm. He has quality expertise in the Office products especially in Microsoft Outlook and love to solve users query by providing excellent solutions.

  • I tried several third-party plugins for Outlook 2013. Honestly, i’ve always had problems for some reason. I decided not to use any plugins after that. So keep it clean as much as you can.
    Thanks! Good tips.