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I use Outlook 2013 to manage 3 gmail accounts. Yesterday

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I use Outlook 2013 to manage 3 gmail accounts. Yesterday evening teh accounts were not syncing. This morning the main account was still not syncing but another was, but Outlook keeps "not responding" and will then not load, giving the message:
Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook Window. The set of folders cannot be opened. The file C:\Users\Mick\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\*****@******.*** cannot be opened

Hi, welcome and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am glad to assist you today.

I am very sorry about your issues. Are you using Windows 7, 8 or 10?

Please let me know by replying to me here so that I can help you further.

Best regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Windows 10

Thank you for that information.

Can I remotely access your computer so that I can directly check your Outlook 2013 issues and fix them while you watch?

Remote access (Secure Remote Assistance) is an optional additional service offer with a minimal one-time flat fee regardless of how long it will take me to fix the problem. We can resume any time without additional cost. It is safe as you will be watching your screen and we can chat right there, and it will be a faster mode of help.
Please let me know if you want this remote option.
Best regards,

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Thank you. If you are stuck in any of the steps, please let me know so that I can help you further.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A small and hopefully easy follow up question. The account that was causing the problem does not now display the number of unread items in brackets. I have looked in properties and "show number of unread items" is checked. I changed to "show total number of items" but that also does not display.
Any ideas.

So how does it look now? Even if there are 20 unread emails, nothing is shown unless you open the Inbox?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Correct. I normally only open teh inbox when I see there are unread items.

Thank you for that confirmation. Please do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl+E to open “Search Current Mailbox” box
  2. In that box type: read:no
  3. Then press Enter.
  4. When it shows “Find More on Server” link, please click on it.
  5. Then see if the count for unread email(s) appears.
  6. If not, please close Outlook, then open it again

Best regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't see "Find More on Server"

What happens after Step 3?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The unread items are displayed as soon as I type read:no

Please make sure that in Step 2, there is no space between : and n. (read:no)

If it does not work for you, then we can reset your Outlook views but the process will delete any custom made views.

Here are the steps:

  1. Close MS Outlook
  2. Open the RUN box by right clicking on the Start button (Microsoft logo) then click RUN
  3. In the RUN box, type: outlook.exe /cleanviews
  4. Then click OK
  5. Outlook shall open then see if the problem is resolved
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I had no space.
Don't know if relevant, but I just tried to open v2 using run, outlook.exe/safe and it doesn't offer teh options, just opens v1

V1 is Outlook and V2 is Outlook 2. SO if the problem is with v1, please go to run and instead of using outlook.exe /safe, use outlook.exe /cleanviews

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just had a "not responding" and Outlook would then not reopen. Same message as yesterday.
run, outlook.exe/safe gave me access to v2 yesterday. Why not today?
I'm going to reboot and see if v1 will open. Will come back to you.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
After reboot, run:\ gave me the option of v1 or v2. Strange?
I added***@******.*** to v2 and the unread count was showing.
I closed it and opened v1 and realised that the counts WERE showing in the body of ***@******.*** but not in the Inbox, Sent or Bin folders that I was showing in favourites. I removed them from favourites and put them back - it now works.
Things seem ok now, but I am concerned about the need to reboot again this morning. I will of course revert if I have teh problem again.

When you use the RUN dialog you will always be prompted for v1 or v2, that is normal, unless you set one of them as the default.

I am glad that it is working now. Please let me know if the problem reoccurs so that I can assist you further.

Best regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When you use the RUN dialog you will always be prompted for v1 or v2, that is normalAs I mentioned that was not the case earlier. Fingers crossed.

Ok, please give it another try then. With the /safe switch or command, it should prompt you for v1 or v2. But if not, then you might have selected v1 OR v2 as the default profile.

But if using the /safe switch you are prompted for v1 or v2, but not when using the /cleanviews switch, then it could be the commands default behavior for v1.

Keep me posted with your results so that I can assist you further.

Best regards,