Thawing a Frozen Outlook



An already prizewinning writer, was wanting to send
His book, that I had edited, out
To enter another contest, and needed to depend
On the file I have hanging about.

The file is a large one, and when on Outlook it was placed
It stuck in the Outbox, which then seized
That programme up completely, and I found myself thus faced
With no way I could do as I pleased.

It wouldn’t allow me to delete the large attachment;
‘Send and Receive All’ refused to move;
But, as I found later, with no feeling of detachment,
Each reboot a new one sent would prove.

‘Control, Alt, Delete’ can give you ‘Task Manager’ to try:
‘End task’ may then problem seem to sort;
But when restoring ‘Outlook’ you very soon will spy,
That no real solution you have bought.

In fact, the only thing that will provide a proper fix
Is switching off current at the main,
For this, then, when combined with all the other little tricks,
Does get the whole thing working again.

© May 2019 Colonialist

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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28 Responses to Thawing a Frozen Outlook

  1. equinoxio21 says:

    All this zipping and unzipping and compressing… I wonder why WP censors haven’t put everybody in spam. But my lips are buttoned up. (Safer than zip)
    Tot ziens.


    • colonialist says:

      At least we aren’t constantly ‘unpacking’ the information. A self-important twit with an addiction to the word was driving me to distraction on TV this evening.


  2. You do have a complicated life’
    or something………………..


  3. Sue W says:

    If you haven’t yet zipped and sent the file there is an alternative, Each of you can create a google address if you don’t have one. This gives you storage on your own Google Drive.
    First person uploads a file to their Google Drive and gives the second person access to that file. Google alerts the second person that a file is waiting. Second person can download the file.

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  4. Debra says:

    That you can hang in there and make the necessary adjustments is a testament to your abilities. I’d probably just sit in a corner and cry! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Widdershins says:

    That’d be my solution too. 😀


  6. disperser says:

    Two comments/questions . . . did you try compressing the file first (ZIP or 7z)?

    Second, there are sites like Dropbox (and others) that allow you to share very large files with anyone. The free account is large enough for anything I’ve ever had to send.

    Oops . . . third thing. GMail allows attachments up to 20MB. If I need to transfer a larger file, I use Dropbox. There are other free services with limits of up to 2GB per day.

    . . . I could make a fourth comment and really confuse the issue . . . In the olden days (before modern Cloud storage options) and even these days, one could use a file splitter and joiner utility such as:

    We’re now talking files in the multiple GB in size . . . you know, for them really long tomes. You haven’t lived until you’ve split a large file into 20+ chunks and have them automatically rejoin to recreate the original.


    • colonialist says:

      Thank you for the suggestions. Unfortunately I don’t have zip facilities; nor can I be sure that the recipient has unzipping ones. I don’t trust the security of the Cloud or similar.
      The concept of that splitter and unsplitter does appeal to me!
      I may have to take one of the GB options one of these days, but this file was of a size that should normally have been OK. Only 6 MB. And then the silly programme kept sending it again and again without taking it out of Outbox!


    • disperser says:

      If you have Windows, you have the ability to ZIP files (also called archive) and anyone with Windows can unZip a ZIP file. You can even put a password on it.


  7. kevin cooper says:

    Did you try sending it via zip file? Usually the best solution for large files.


  8. Phew!! All’s well that ends well. 😅

    Liked by 1 person

  9. David Davis says:

    Glad you got it working.


  10. Arkenaten says:

    On the subject of turning t off and rebooting!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. equinoxio21 says:

    Switching the darn thing off usually does the trick. 🙂


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