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How to Speed Up Indexing in Outlook 2007

Updated April 17, 2017

Microsoft Outlook can speed up your workflow, increasing productivity. But sometimes indexing can lag, causing searches to take longer than usual and the program to slow down. There are several techniques you can use to speed up your indexing. These strategies will help alleviate lag in Outlook and allow you to maximise your productivity once more.

If you don't routinely search through certain parts of your system, you can remove them from your indexing locations to speed up the indexing process.

Type "Indexing" into the control panel search or the Start menu search box. Click on "Indexing Options" when it appears.

In the window that pops up, you can see all the locations that are currently indexed. Click the "Modify" button.

Uncheck the box next to a location you no longer want indexed. Click the "Show All Locations" button to see the default locations, if you want to remove them from the list of indexing locations. Remove all locations except for Outlook to maximise indexing speed in Outlook.

If you think Outlook's index has been damaged, try rebuilding it.

Go to your computer's "Control Panel" and choose "Indexing Options." Click "Advanced," then the "Rebuild" button.

Leave your computer idle overnight so it can rebuild the index.

In Outlook, go to "File," then "Options." Choose the "Search" section and click the "Indexing Options" button. Select the "Modify" button, then expand "Microsoft Outlook."

Deselect the file that you think is causing the lag. Close Outlook for five minutes.

Reopen Outlook and reselect the file you deselected previously. Leave the computer idle again. The status eventually should reach "0 items remaining."

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Ruby Neusom has been a professional writer since 2009. She has published work in "Poetry Is Dead," "Pearls" and Inked. She holds an Associate of Arts in creative writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Arts in English literature (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia and is pursuing a diploma in professional writing at Douglas College.