Iām using Windows XP Home 2003 and Outlook 2003. My Outlook is, I believe,
unstable. It does things I havenāt asked it to doāmakes āuncommanded
changes,ā all of them irritating. Examples:
A] Palatino is my default typeface, dark blue. Sometimes Iāll be
new e-mail and it changes to black right in the middle.
B] My signature includes my phone number. When I want to
extension, moving just one space to the right of the phone number changes my
typeface to Times New Roman.
C] An e-mail I just typed suddenly switched into italics. Thatās especially
strange is because the Italic/Bold/ Underline option had disappeared from the
D] Other toolbar grievances. Outlook has just changed mine as just noted.
Also, āclear formattingā gone, as is the window displaying typeface and size.
I now have toolbars Iām I havenāt seen before. No. 1 is OK (message title).
Under it is familiar No. 2:
File/Edit/View/Insert/Format/Tools/Table/Window/Help (though Iām not sure I
recognize āTableā). No. 3 has a semi-familiar list: New E-mail/Open/Save but
also Permission(????)/Print/Print Preview(??) and other icons , like
Research, Format Painter, Insert Hyperlink and more Iām sure Iāve never seen
before. No. 4 is a complete mystery: Data Form/Manage Fields/Add New and
Delete Record/Sort Ascending or Descending/Insert Database/Update Field/Find
Record/Mail Merge Main Document. What are they? Where did they came from.
Toolbar No. 5: is familiarāSend/Insert File and other, though again Iām not
sure about Permission.
E] In DRAFTS I keep a fake e-mail in which I list invitations and
appointments. Itās titled AAAAAAAAAinvitations and, with Drafts set to
display items alphabetized by subject, it should always appear highlighted at
the top. Outlook used to do that but now always opens Drafts in the middle.
F] In message titles and names of
folders, sometimes I get boldface,
sometimes not. I never know why.
G] In each new message, a little ruler used to appear at the top of the
message area. It, too, has disappeared.
And on top of all that, my Outlook is SLOW! It constantly hangs up or
its feet over the simplest of tasks. I want to write a new e-mail? Hourgless
symbol appears. I want to switch from one folder to another? Same thing.
Cut/paste from this mail to that? Same thing. This behavior is very
inconsistent--so much so that at times it seems as if Outlook just got up on
the wrong side of the bed. The hourglass itself is an annoyance. Let's say I
want to go from Inbox to Online I click and if the h'glass appears, I know
it's working. But then it'll disappear, leading me to think the job;'s
done--only it isn't. Other time, it won't appear, so I think I've
mis-clicked. So I click again--and then Internet windows. All in all, it's
I hasten to add that Iām a leave-well-enough-alone kind of guy. I donāt go
exploring toolbars and icons just to see what I can do, so Iām pretty sure
that I havenāt done anything to cause these changes.