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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AutoMinimizeOutlook.exe—workaround for creeping Outlook 2003 memory usage

A pernicious Outlook 2003 bug is that it gradually increases its memory usage, typically hitting 200 MB. A workaround is to simply minimize the Outlook window—this drops the memory usage down to 15 MB. But who wants to remember to minimize Outlook throughout the day?

I have created an automatic workaround for this, called AutoMinimizeOutlook.exe. This application sits in your system tray. Every 60 seconds, it minimizes any inactive Outlook windows, freeing up tens or hundreds of MB of memory. (Source code for the AutoHotkey script.)

You can control the number of seconds between each check, for example: AutoMinimizeOutlook.exe 30


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