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Email folder size and message count in Outlook Express

A DBX email folder file to backup in Outlook Express As you may already know from our Outlook Express Backup tutorial, each email folder you have inside the email program is actually a "DBX" file behind the scenes: in other words, Outlook Express stores your emails and folders not like Outlook 2007, inside a huge PST file, but in separate DBX files, one for each folder. The screenshot shows you the file in which Outlook Express stores inbox email messages. In this tutorial, we will show you how to get the size of a given email folder in Outlook Express, to see how much each of them takes on your computer disk (hard drive). Since each email has a size that depends on its length (how many replies and replies-to-replies in contains), its formatting option (plain text emails take up less storage space), and the email attachment files it has alongside it, if any.

Find out how large (in MB / GB) an email folder is

Follow these steps to get the size on disk of email folders and subfolders:

Get the number of read and unread email messages in a folder

As new emails arrive in your Outlook Express inbox, and as you delete, file, copy, and move email messages throughout your entire system of folders, the email program keeps track of email count behind the scenes, for both total number of emails per folder, and total of unread messages per folder. There are different ways to get that information:

Outlook Express Tip: if you notice that your number of emails changes, it could simply be that you have setup Outlook Express to automatically purge some folders, have created message rules, or simply that some read emails were then marked as read after you (inadvertently) selected them: as with other settings, you can change how quickly Outlook Express marks emails as Read.

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Tutorial last updated on October 27, 2011
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