How To Repair Outlook Data Files

There is a Inbox Repair Tool called "Scanpst.exe" which can be used to Scan and Repair corrupted Outlook .pst or .ost files. The "Scanpst.exe" diagnoses and repairs errors in the .pst files. This tool checks the integrity of the file and repairs it by reset of the file structure and rebuilds the headers.

Scanpst.exe is installed when the outlook is installed in the computer at this location - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12

Note: It only runs on .pst and .ost files. It doesn't run on the mailbox on the server running Microsoft Exchange.


Steps to run the Scanpst.exe

1. Exit Outlook

2. Locate the Scanpst.exe at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12 and double Click on it.
3. Browse and locate the .pst file you want to scan and repair.
4. You can choose scan log option from "Options" and then, Click Start.
5. In the case of error, you will be prompted to start the repair process to fix the errors. A backup file is also created during the repair process and the location of backup file can be changed.
Click "Repair"

Steps after the file is repaired

1. Start the Outlook

2. Click "Folder List" on the GO menu
3. In the Folder List, "Recovered Personal Folders" may be seen and that may contain "Lost and Found" Folder. Now, create a .pst file and then move all the recovered items.

How To Customize Mouse Settings

Like desktop customization, you can also customize the speed of the mouse pointer, switch the roles of buttons from left to right or even change the standard mouse pointer to different symbols. That’s lot of fun.


Option 1. Adjust Pointer Speed

This is applicable with Windows XP:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel (in Category View).

2. Click Appearance and Themes.

3. Under See Also, click Mouse Pointers.

4. On the Pointer Options tab, under Motion, drag the slider left to make the pointer move slower, or right to make the pointer move faster. If you choose a fast speed, make sure that the Enhance pointer precision check box is selected (this provides better control of the pointer when moving it at short distances), and then click OK.

Option 2: Change Button From Right To Left

If you are left-handed and like to change mouse setting so that you can work comfortably with left-hand, you can do that and here is how (applicable with Windows XP):
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Appearance and Themes.

3. Under See Also, click Mouse Pointers.

4. On the Buttons tab, under Button configuration, select the Switch primary and secondary buttons check box.

5. Click OK.

Option 3: Change Mouse Pointer Style

You can change the mouse pointer with great flexibility. You can change the normal mouse pointer to dinosaur too (applicable with Windows XP)

Steps to switch from standard mouse pointers:

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Appearance and Themes.

3. Under See Also, click Mouse Pointers.

4. On the Pointers tab, do one of the following:

- Switch all of your pointers at once, in the Scheme list, click the scheme you want.
- To change pointers one at a time, in the Customize list, click the pointers you want to change. After each selection, click Browse, click the pointer image you want to assign as a replacement (a preview of the image displays in the lower left-hand corner), and then click Open.
5. Click Apply and OK to complete the procedure.


In the absence of mouse, the following keyboard shortcut tricks can be handy. Press the Windows key (WinKey) to open the Start Menu. It can be found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the keyboard. Press the cursor keys to move around the menu items. Press the Enter key to open a highlighted item. Press the Alt and F4 keys simultaneously to close the item.

Computer Basics for Beginners

A computer is a machine which acts on the pre-recorded set of instructions. Those pre-recorded set of instructions are called programs. Computers take numerous physical forms. The term “Computer” used throughout the tutorials actually refers to personal computer.

Objects such as disk drives, monitor, keyboard, printers are called hardware. Computer instructions, data or anything which can be stores electronically are software.

Fundamental components of a Computer

1. Input Device: This is a device used for sending instructions to the computer. Keyboard and mouse are the typical example of input device.

2. Output Devices: This device display what computer has accomplished. Monitor and printer are typical example of output device.

3. Memory: Memory stores data and programs temporarily while computer is performing computational task. RAM and ROM are the typical example of memory. It is also called main memory.

4. Storage device: This is a permanent storage device. Hard disk is a typical example of storage device.

5. CPU: This is the brain of computer which actually executes the pre-recorded instruction. It is called central processing unit.

6. Operating System: This is a most important program that runs on a computer. Every computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux, UNIX are the example of operating system.

7. Application Software: This is a program that does real work for computer users. Ms Word, Excel is the typical example of application software.

Types of Computers

1. Personal computer: This is a small and relatively inexpensive computer designed for an individual user.

2. Workstation: A workstation is like a personal computer, but it has a more powerful CPU and a higher-quality monitor. It is typically used for CAD/CAM, desktop publishing, software development etc.

3. Mini-computer: This is a mid-sized computer which lies between workstations and mainframes. In general, it is a multi-user computer capable of supporting from 10 to about 200 users simultaneously.

4. Mainframe: This is a very large, powerful and expensive multi-user computer capable of supporting many hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously.

5. Supercomputer: This is an extremely fast and expensive computer. They are employed for specialized applications like weather forecasting, nuclear energy research, and petroleum exploration etc.