Remedy for Issues like Slow, Crashing or Freezing Outlook

By: standss , May 18th, 2012

Outlook like any other program is also suspectible to failure.

For most of us, Outlook is a “treasure(Data) chest” with so much valuable information related to our work, business, clients etc.

In an earlier post, we have discussed the importance of maintaining your Outlook Data files especially if you have been using it for a long time or you could suddenly (i.e. without warning) end up with a corrupted Outlook data file with Outlook no longer able to open your emails.

If you find that your Outlook is slower than normal, crashes or freezes often, one of the first troublshooting steps you should try before doing uninstallation and reinstallation of Outlook is creating a New Profile. A new profile is also recommended when you are upgrading to the latest version of Outlook.

You can follow the steps below to create a new profile:

  • Ensure that Outlook is closed
  • Open Control Panel
  • Open the Mail Setup dialog box: If you use the Category view, look for the Mail Setup dialog box in the User Accounts category.
  • In the Mail Setup dialog box, click Show Profiles.
  • On the General tab, under When starting Microsoft Office Outlook, use this profile: click Prompt for a profile to be used, and then click Add.

New Email Profile

  • In the Profile Name box, type the name that you want to use for the new email profile, and then click OK.
  • In the E-mail Accounts dialog box, click Add a new e-mail account, and then click Next.
  • Click the appropriate server type for your new email account, and then click Next.
  • Type your account information in the required boxes, and then click Next.
  • Click Finish, and then click OK.

To add your existing personal data store to the new Profile:

  • After you click Finish in the profile wizard, select the new profile from the Mail dialog and choose Properties > click Email Accounts > click view or change email accounts.
  • Select New Outlook data file and find your existing PST, add it to the profile and set it as the default.
  • Click OK until you are back to the Email Accounts dialog and select the PST you just added in the “Deliver new e-mail to the following location” menu.
  • When you return to the Mail Setup dialog, choose Data Files and remove the extra personal folders from your profile.

If you open Outlook, you will now get a prompt to select the profile you would like to use.

Do you have any other remedies to solve the issues discussed above?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

3 Replies to “Remedy for Issues like Slow, Crashing or Freezing Outlook”

  1. We’ve completed this step and still the add-in is freezing my computer. We have been able to isolate that it is the QuickFile add-in that is leaving the computer hanging. Do you have any other fixes/suggestions? I really LOVE quickfile and need it to work properly on my new computer.
    Thanks!

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