Outlook 2003 Advanced Find RRS feed

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  • I have used Outlook 2003 Advanced Find for years just fine.  Last week I started getting an error message:  "too many Find Public Folders dialogs open. You must close them in order to use Adv Find."  Then it gives you a question: Close them?  It doesn't matter whether you click Yes or No it still won't work.  Help!
    Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:02 PM


  • Hi,

    Regarding the issue you are faced with, I have two suggestions that you can try.

    First, in case the .pst file you are searching on is corrupted, please try to run Scanpst.exe to scan and repair the errors found in the .pst. For Outlook 2003, the location of Scanpst.exe should be:

    32-bit Windows C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>
    64-bit Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>

    Second, we can try to start Outlook with the switch "/cleanfinders", this will remove Search Folders from the Microsoft Exchange server store:

    Press Win + R, type "outlook.exe /cleanfinders" in the blank box, press Enter. Check the result if the search works fine.

    I hope the information above is helpful.


    Melon Chen
    TechNet Community Support

    It's recommended to download and install Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT), which is developed by Microsoft Support teams. Once the tool is installed, you can run it at any time to scan for hundreds of known issues in Office programs.

    Friday, February 27, 2015 6:58 AM