Microsoft Internet Mail/Outlook Express Tips
- I've come to a conclusion that Outlook Express 5 sucks.
3 times when there was a large file in my mailbox, it ended
up screwing up messages - some would show up as empty, some
would have headers inside. So, I downgraded to old, reliable O.E. 4 -
and was pleasantly surprised that it allowed me to import the messages
I received during the short reign of O.E. 5.
BTW, I never chose to install version 5 in the first place - it
was bundled with Internet Explorer 5, which is also a troublemaker
(several times it caused GPF in EXPLORER.EXE when booting, so I had
to repair IE5) .
- When you try to quote message in OE and '>' keeps moving to
the wrong line, that's becase there's no hard return inside the line.
Go to the end of line and press ENTER.
- IMAIL caches mail server DNSs during one session.
- Setting up the best possible spam filter - instead of trying
to exclude bad messages, define a rule to include
good ones! This is how I did it - all messages containing
'daugava' in 'To:' field go to folder 'Inbox Daugava'. These
are messages addressed directly to me. Vast majority of spam
is addressed to crappy addresses like email@example.com, so
it remains filtered out. So, all good messages are in 'Inbox Daugava',
while my old 'Inbox' contains nothing by spam and I just do
mass delete now and then.
- Totally unexpected discovery - none of the deleted messages
are actually deleted from Internet Mail folders (.MBX files)!!!
For example, OUTBOX was empty, but it's .MBX file was whopping
19M! I tried a little experiment and found out that Compact
command in File menu takes care of that - releases the disk space
used by deleted messages in specified folder - kinda like PACK
command in DBASE.
Till I tested this myself, I thought that Compact was some sort
of compression, which I didn't care for, since I wanted to keep
folders in plain text format.
The help section talking about 'Compact' is so skimpy, it's
not even funny - I'd never thought of using that command until
I realized that my Internet Mail directory takes 109 megabytes!
After compacting it shrank down to 54M! And after nuking 'deleted
items' it shrank further, to 21M.
- If you do 'copy to' folder and then 'move to', destination
folder will contain 2 copies of the message. So, if you meant
'move', but did 'copy', the 2nd step would be 'delete'.
- If you accidentally delete message from Outbox, no big deal,
just go to 'deleted', edit the message and click 'send' again.
- You can go to prev/next message
in editing mode - by clicking up/down arrow buttons.
- Smart feature in Inbox Assistant - when folder is deleted,
filters that route messages into it become inactive.
- Outgoing message can endup in Inbox if you do Alt-F4/save
message instead of clicking send, like all respectable people.
I did number of times and finally today (06/27/97) realized
what's happening. Not that I understood why the heck IMAIL would
- When IMAIL is default mailer for IE, message gets sent immediately
when IMAIL client is not open - no need to open it and click 'send/receive'.
- Yuri suggests: "To find text in the body of the message, double clock
on header to get into editing mode, then press F3". Simple, eh ? And for
months, I didn't even know that such mode exists in IMAIL!
You can also use this trick to edit message in your Outbox before sending
- Single beep during message receive means 'there are new messages'.
- IMAIL has spellcheck (Mail/Check spelling), but to use
it, you must have MS Office installed.
- You can setup IMAIL to establish PPP/SLIP when it needs to
read mail, then you can stay online.
- When mail server reports password incorrect, the reason
could be Caps Lock light not being set correctly.
It may be off, but Caps are actually on - press Caps key several
times to find out.
- Selecting word without using keyboard: double click, right click,
- When the font is too small to see the subject of the message, read it
in the window title. BTW, anybody knows how to increase header font in
MS IMAIL & INEWS ?
- If connection is is lost during Send/Receive, next
time you do SR, you might get duplicate messages.
- ^M is a shortcut for Send/Receive.
- Ctrl+Click on attachment to get 'SAVE AS' dialog.
- When program maliciously takes over CPU (like IMAIL does while sending),
Caps Lock key doesn't respond.
- Press Alt-V-G-R to get russian font.