You can keep Outlook clean and faster by setting up AutoArchive feature. This feature helps to manage space in mailbox or on the email server by moving older items to another location on hard disk. But sometimes AutoArchive doesn’t work in Outlook and thus create the problem in managing space in Outlook mailbox.
Before starting with how to troubleshoot AutoArchive not working issue, here we will show you how to set up AutoArchive feature in Outlook.
Auto Archive is not enabled by default; you need to turn it on. Follow the steps mentioned below for turning it on.
That’s it!!! It is simple to configure Auto Archive Feature in Outlook. However, if you choose permanently delete old items options, then mails will not be archived. There are many reasons for Auto Archive feature to not work properly, hence it is always suggested to follow the fixes mentioned below before taking any big step:
Fix #1- Alter Settings in Auto Archive
First check whether you have setup AutoArchive feature correctly or not. If needed, alter its setting. To do so follow the steps mentioned below--
Select Run AutoArchive every day check box and also mention how frequently you want AutoArchive to run. If required, select “Prompt before AutoArchive runs” to get notified before AutoArchive runs. Check “Delete expired items (e-mail folders only)”, if you need to delete expired items during AutoArchive. You need to select “Archive or delete old items”, if you want to delete old items along with expired items. Archive.pst appear in the folder list if you select “Show archive folder in folder list” checkbox.
Under Default folder settings for archiving, specify the location to move old items and also set the age that you want to archive. Once you done these changes, click on OK to finish the settings.
Fix #2- Alter ArchiveIgnoreLastModifiedTime value in Registry: -
AutoArchive does not archive the item, when modified date changes due to replay, forward and import operation. Therefore, you need to modify received data on registry. It is recommended to backup Windows registry before modifying it. And, then do as follows-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Preferences (Outlook 2010)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences (Outlook 2013)
Now, check whether AutoArchive feature is working correctly or not.
Fix #3- Use Remo Repair Outlook tool
If you are not able to solve the issue by using the above methods, then perhaps your Outlook PST file is corrupt or severely damaged. In such circumstances, you need to make use of powerful repair utility like Remo Repair.
Remo Repair is an incredible application which helps you eliminate any problem associated with your Outlook data file (PST) in a very short amount of time. In addition to this, the tool helps in recovering all deleted Outlook attributes such as emails, contacts, calendar entries, notes, journals, etc. while repairing your PST file.