No local data for IMAP accounts


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Marco De Vitis

Hi,
I have an IMAP account set up in Outlook 2003. The account contains a
large amount of mails (some GBs, on the server).

As far as I can tell, Outlook saves data in the related PST file each
time I read an email from the IMAP server, and each time I copy a
message from a different account into the IMAP one.

Is there a way I can tell Outlook to NOT keep this data?
I want my mails to only stay on the server, I do not want them to be
copied in my local PST file.

Moreover, the PST file was created automatically when I added the IMAP
account in Outlook, and it was automatically created in the old 97-2002
format.
Can I somehow move it to a different position and maybe change its format?

Thanks.
 
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Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

No, Outlook's implementation of IMAP requires a local data store. You cannot change its location on your hard drive.
 
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Marco De Vitis

Il 23/07/2007 17:00, Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook] ha scritto:
No, Outlook's implementation of IMAP requires a local data store. You
cannot change its location on your hard drive.

Ok, thank you.

But: can I at least delete everything from the local data store, from
time to time, while leaving mails on the server untouched? Just to
prevent the PST file to reach its limit.

The only way to do it which I found until now has been to delete the
account from Outlook's settings, delete the PST file, and recreate the
IMAP account from scratch. Not an ideal solution, I'd dare to say.
 
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Marco De Vitis

Il 23/07/2007 23:46, Marco De Vitis ha scritto:
But: can I at least delete everything from the local data store, from
time to time, while leaving mails on the server untouched? Just to
prevent the PST file to reach its limit.

The only way to do it which I found until now has been to delete the
account from Outlook's settings, delete the PST file, and recreate the
IMAP account from scratch. Not an ideal solution, I'd dare to say.

Uhm, I found a faster and easier - although definitely rude - way: close
Outlook, delete the infamous PST file, reopen Outlook, it will complain
that the file can't be found and will create it from scratch, empty.

I'm open to better solutions, of course ;).
 

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