How to Backup Outlook Express email messages

If your email messages stored in Outlook Express are important to you, you should know how to back them up in case of a computer hard drive crash. Just like your documents and pictures and other precious files on your computer, your e-mail should be backed up regularly. (Note: everytime one of my clients loses something…..I make sure I do my backups!)

How to backup email messages in Outlook Express :

1. Open Outlook Express

2. Click on Tools menu at the top

3. Click to select options from the tools drop down menu.

4. The Options window will open – Click on the maintenance tab

5. Just to the right ofclick store Folder to Change the Location of Your message Store“, click on the Store Folder button

6. The Store Folder window will open. Press the Tab key on your keyboard a few times until the entire line of text just under “Your Personal Message Store Is Located in the Following Folder” are selected (highlighted). Note: This is the location of where your email messages are stored.

7. Press and hold down the ctrl (control) key on the keyboard, then while still holding down the ctrl key, press on the C key, then let up off the keys (this will copy the selected text)

8. Click on the start button on the far lower left side of the screen

9. Click on Run

10. The run window will open on the bottom left side of the screen

11. Press and hold down the ctrl (control) key on the keyboard, then while still holding down the ctrl key, press on the v key, then let up off the keys (this will paste the text you copied from the store folder window)

12. Press the enter key on your keyboard once (or you can use your mouse and left-click once on the OK button.)

13. The folder that opens is where your email messages are stored. You will not be able to open and read your messages from this window. They are special files with .dbx file extension.

14. Check the size of your outlook express messages. Press and hold down the ctrl (control) key on the keyboard, then while still holding down the ctrl key, press on the a key, then let up off the keys (this will select (highlight) all the files in this Outlook Express Store Folder. Click on the file menu in the far upper left corner of the screen, then click on properties. If the file size is under 680mb. Then it will easily fit on a CD-R. If you have an external USB flash drive, check how many MB or GBs your USB flash drive will hold, back your email messages to an external USB flash Drive. Copy these files to an External Hard Drive, CD or DVD and store in a safe place. It is recommended to backup to two other places and keep a copy at someone elses home or your bank safety deposit box. For more information on backing up, See: Backing up Files To CD using Windows XP CD writing wizard, or Backing up Files to External Hard Drives or Flash Drives. Please Back up Regulary! <:3)~ The Working Mouse Recommends:

Purchase an External Hard Drive

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