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					When you first install OE, four keys are created in the registry to store all of your personal settings. If you are
not familiar with using Regedit to view and edit the Windows registry, please read Regedit Basics before
proceeding.

        The Outlook Express registry key
        The Address Book registry key
        The Internet Account Manager registry key
        The Identities registry key




The Outlook Express registry key
\HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  \Software
    \Microsoft
       \Outlook Express

This key first appeared in the registry with Outlook Express 4, and is not used for much at all in OE5/6 except
for keeping track of your version history. But if you installed OE5/6 as an upgrade to OE4, this key might still
have your OE4 settings stored there. If your key has no other personal settings, and you have to actually
look to be sure, it does not have to be included in any backup of an Identity's registry keys. If you see any
personal settings at all in any of the sub-keys, you must include this key in any backup. This key is shared by
all Identities, although only the very first Identity might have account information stored here.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How ... ?
        do I re-send a message?
        do I delete an email message without opening it?
        do I archive a folder of messages?
        do I backup my accounts information and settings?
        do I delete old newsgroup headers?
        do I import OE4 mail folders?
        do I import OE5 and OE6 mail folders?
        do I import a single mail folder (*.dbx)?
        do I move my address book?
        do I move my store folder?
        do I make OE open messages maximized?
        do I change the sound that plays for new messages?
        do I enable the slideshow?
        do I make OE open in a newsgroup when starting?
        do I save a message without its attachment?
        do I view messages using a fixed-width font?
        can I organize my subscribed newsgroups into news folders?
        do I turn off the OE splash screen?
        do I delete an Identity if I forgot the password?
        do I view attachments in binary newsgroups?
        do I remove the "provided by ..." branding in the OE title bar?
        can I block messages with a blank FROM or TO field?
How do I re-send a message?
Unfortunately, OE does not have a re-send function built in. You can work around this lack in several ways.

    1. Open your original copy in the Sent Items folder, copy the entire body, then paste that into a new
       message.
    2. Forward your original copy and then edit out the headers that are added before the quoted text. This
       works only if you have enabled "include message in reply" under Tools| Options| Send.
    3. Select or Open the original copy in Sent Items, then click File| Save as.. and save the message to
       your desktop as type *.eml. Open the saved *.eml file in Notepad and add this line to the headers
       with the other X- lines:

              X-Unsent: 1

        Save the edited file, then double-click the *.eml file, make whatever changes are needed, and click
        Send.

How do I delete an email message without opening it?
Click View| Layout and remove the check mark in front of Preview Pane. You can also add the Preview
button to the toolbar to quickly turn it on and off. [more info on OE toolbars]

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How do I archive a folder of messages?
Choose either method:

    1. Start a New Mail Message, drag the folder contents and drop them on the message, thus creating
       attachments. Click File| Save as... and save the message as file type *.eml. (Tip: you can later
       compress the *.eml file using a zip program to save disk space.) To restore the folder contents,
       double-click the saved *.eml file, select all the attachments and drag them into an OE mail
       folder. (see also: Tip - Archive a Folder)

    2. Create an Archive folder in OE, then drag messages into it. Close OE and copy the "Archive.dbx" file
       to a safe place. Open OE and delete the contents of the Archive folder. To restore the old archive,
       close OE and replace the "Archive.dbx" file with the backup version. If the Archive folder no longer
       exists inside OE, create it again and copy one message into it (to force OE to create the *.dbx file),
       close OE, and then replace the new "Archive.dbx" with the backup copy. (see also: Partial Backup)

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How do I backup my accounts information and settings?
Click Tools| Accounts. For each account, click once on the account name, click Export. Choose the
destination folder and filename. The account settings are stored as file type *.iaf. You can later import an *.iaf
file using the Import button under Tools| Accounts. (see also Backup and Restore)

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How do I delete old newsgroup headers?
To delete all headers and message bodies from a single newsgroup, right-click on the group in the
Folder List or Folder Bar, then click Properties| Local Files. Click the Delete button and wait. When the
process if complete, click the Compact button and wait again.

To delete all headers and message bodies from all groups under a news account, click Tools| Options|
Maintenance| Clean up now. Click once on the news account, then click Delete, wait, click Compact, wait.

To delete all headers and message bodies from all groups on all accounts, click Tools| Options|
Maintenance| Clean up now. Click once on Outlook Express at the top of the list, then click Delete, wait, click
Compact, wait.

To delete only selected headers and messages, open the Advanced Find window by pressing Shift-Ctrl-F.
Enter the search criteria for the headers you want to remove. When the search is complete, select the
headers using Shift-click (for sequential selections) or Ctrl-click (for non-sequential selections), then click
File| Move to folder. Select the Deleted Items folder for the destination and click OK. Note that you must be
in Online mode (File| Work Online), though you do not have to be connected to the Internet. Message bodies
for the selected headers must have been downloaded or OE will try to download them in order to delete
them (strange, but true).

To delete old headers with or without message bodies, create a message rule that filters for messages
older then xx days (or whatever). For the Action, select "Delete" and "stop processing more rules". Then use
the Apply Now button to apply the rule to one newsgroup (Browse to the group), all groups on a news
account (Browse to the account), or all groups on all accounts (Browse to Outlook Express). Wait for the
process to finish, then close the Message Rules dialogue and click File| Folder| Compact All Folders.

See also: Maintenance Part II: Clean up newsgroups)

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How do I import OE4 mail folders?
Make a temporary folder named C:\Mail, or C:\Temp\Mail, as long as the last folder is named Mail. Copy the
OE4 files (*.idx and *.mbx) into the Mail folder. Open OE and click File| Import| Messages, select OE4 from
the list, then browse to the folder that contains the Mail folder, not the Mail folder itself (browse to C:\ or to
C:\Temp, not to C:\Mail or C:\Temp\Mail). choose either From Identity (for importing from another Identity on
the same machine) or From Store root directory. You will then have the option to import all mail folders or
only those you select.

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How do I import OE5 and OE6 mail
folders?
                                                                         Importing from a CDRW or Zip disk

                                                                     OE must have write-access to any *.dbx
First make sure the *.dbx files you wish to import are not stored
                                                         files you want to import. You must
in the current OE store root folder. Also check that the *.dbx files
                                                         therefore copy the files to your hard
are not marked as read-only. In OE, click File| Import|  disk and then turn off the Read-Only
Messages, select OE5 from the list, then choose either From
                                                         attribute. In Explorer, select all the files,
Identity (for importing from another Identity on the same
                                                         then right-click on any one and select
machine) or From Store root directory. You will then have the
                                                         Properties. You can then uncheck the
option to import all mail folders or only those you select. (see
also Backup and Restore)                                 Read-Only box. Or at a DOS prompt,
                                                         enter this:
OE6 and WindowsXP Note: you will only see OE4 and OE6 in attrib -r *.*
the list of programs from which to import, and so it might seem
that you cannot import from OE5. However both OE5 and OE6 use exactly the same file structure. To import
from OE5, simply select OE6 on the list, then select "Import mail from an OE6 store directory" (not "Identity").
Then Browse to the folder that contains the OE5 *.dbx files.

If your backup files did not include "Folders.dbx", this method of importing will not work as OE will not "see"
the *.dbx files without Folders.dbx. To work around this, click File| Identities| Add New Identity. Switch to the
new Identity when prompted, but cancel the new account wizard that starts automatically. Click Tools|
Options| Maintenance| Store Folder to determine the location of this Identity's store. Close OE and open the
store folder in Windows Explorer. Copy your old *.dbx files into this store folder, then delete the file
"Folders.dbx". Open OE and it will create a new Folders.dbx that includes the old *.dbx files. Click File|
Switch Identities and return to your original Identity. Click File| Import| Messages| OE5 (or OE6)| Identity and
select the new Identity. After the import is complete, you can delete the new Identity, and then manually
delete its store folder.


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How do I import a single mail folder (*.dbx)?
Create a new folder in Outlook Express named "temp". Copy any message into the new Temp folder. Close
OE and rename "Temp.dbx" in your OE store folder. Now copy the *.dbx to be imported into the store folder
and rename it to "Temp.dbx". Open OE and rename the Temp folder if desired. (see also: The Partial
Backup)

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How do I move my address book?
Close OE and the Address Book. Copy your current WAB to its new location. Open Regedit and navigate to
this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  \Software
    \Microsoft
       \WAB
         \WAB4
           \Wab File Name

Right-click the Default value in the right-hand pane and click Modify. Carefully type the path to the new
location and the file name (<name>.WAB). (see also: The Windows Address Book)
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How do I move my store folder?
Create a new folder in Windows Explorer where you want OE to store your files. Open OE and click Tools|
Options| Maintenance| Store folder, then click the Change button. Browse to the new folder and click OK.
Close the dialogue, then close OE. When you re-open OE, it will automatically move the store to its new
location. (see also: The OE Store)

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How do I make OE open messages maximized?
You don't. OE will not remember a maximized window. It will however remember any non-maximized size.
So open a message and drag the corners until it fills the screen. Close the message and OE will now
remember to open messages in the large size.

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How do I change the sound that plays for new messages?
You can change the sound for New Mail Notification under Control Panel| Sounds.

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How do I enable the slideshow when
previewing pictures?
                                                                              OE6 Users Warning!
The slide show was a feature in OE4 that was removed from
OE5. If you now have OE5 or OE5.5, you can force the slide All support for the slide show has been
show to work by editing the registry manually. If you now  removed from OE6. If the slideshow
have OE6, you cannot use the slide show at all.            registry values exist in OE6, you will be
                                                    unable to see image previews at all, and will
To force the slide show in OE5/OE5.5, close OE, then open
                                                    receive a scripting error message each time
Regedit and navigate to this key:                   you view such a message. If you already
                                                    made these changes under OE5 and have
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID}\Software\Micros now upgraded to OE6, you must remove
oft\Outlook Express\5.0\                            the 2 registry values.
where {GUID} is the global unique identifier for your OE Identity. In the right-hand pane, right-click to create 2
new DWORD values with these names:

"Automatically Inline Images"
"Automatic Slide Show Delay"
Then right-click each new DWORD and assign its value.
The default value for "Automatic Slide Show Delay" is 2.
The value for "Automatically Inline Images" determines the behavior of the slide show as follows:

0   suppresses the automatic display of the picture

1   displays all the pictures in the body of the e-mail message one below another

2   enables the Outlook Express Slide Show feature

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How do I make OE open in a newsgroup when starting?
Right-click on your desktop and click New| Shortcut. Enter a command line of this form:

news://name.of.news-server/name.of.group

Use this shortcut instead of the default Outlook Express shortcut. If you wish to change the icon for your
newsgroup shortcut, right-click on the shortcut, click Properties| Change Icon. To use the default OE icon,
browse to the OE executable file.

C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe

If you wish to open OE in a news account, just omit the "name.of.group" from the command line.

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How do I save a message without its attachment?
There are 2 ways, neither of which is perfect, but both of which get the job
done.

1) Forward the message to yourself, remove the attachment, then click
File| Copy to Folder, or just mail it to yourself. The disadvantage is that
the message now appears to have come from you, not the original sender.

2) Click File| Save As.. and save the message as type *.eml, or just drag the message onto your desktop.
Open that file in Notepad, scroll down to the beginning of the encoded attachment (you can't miss it), and
delete everything below that. Save the file, then drag the *.eml and drop it in an OE folder. The disadvantage
is that this takes about 60 seconds, but the original headers remain.

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How do I view messages using a fixed-width font?
To view the current message using a fixed-width font, click View| Text Size| Fixed. The fixed-font will be used
only for that message, and will be forgotten when you close the message. To view all messages using a
fixed-width font, go to Tools| Options| Read| Fonts, and in the "Proportional font" list, select a fixed-width
font.

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How can I organize my subscribed newsgroups into news folders?
You cannot create news folders, but you can create multiple news accounts,
all using the same server settings. Just give each account a "Friendly Name" as you would name a folder,
and subscribe only to the groups appropriate for that "folder". The drawback to this method is that each news
account will want to maintain its own list of newsgroups, resulting in a bloated "Folders.dbx" file. To avoid
this, you can use the workaround for slow newsgroup performance and keep the group list on only one of
your news accounts.

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How do I turn off the OE splash screen?
In Regedit, navigate to this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  \Identities
     \{GUID}
        \Software
          \Microsoft
             \Outlook Express
               \5.0

where GUID is the Global Unique IDentifier for your Identity.

In the right-hand pane, right-click on a blank spot and select New| DWORD
value. Name the new value "NoSplash" without quotes. Right-click that and
assign it a value of 1 (one).

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How do I delete an Identity if I forgot the password?
    1. Import the Identity's messages using the "from an OE store directory" option. You cannot use the
       "from Identity" option without the password.
    2. In Regedit, navigate to the Identities key and open it by clicking the plus sign:

        HKEY_CURRENT_USER
          \Identities
   3. In the left-hand pane, click on each GUID sub-key to see the "Username" value in the right-hand
      pane. When you find the Identity (Username) you wish to remove, open the GUID sub-key and
      navigate to this key:

       HKEY_CURRENT_USER
         \Identities
            \{GUID}
               \Software
                 \Microsoft
                    \Outlook Express
                      \5.0

   4. In the right-hand pane, find the value "Store root" and note the path that is stored there.
   5. In the left-hand pane, right-click on the {GUID} sub-key and click Delete.
   6. In Windows Explorer, delete the "Store root" folder you noted in step 4.

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