My stupid inbox has no stupid mail items in it…

I’m frustrated right now. I had about 15 items in my inbox that I needed "to do." In the great email scheme of things, I am a filer and not a piler. So my inbox was empty other than those items I consider (considered, at this point) high priority.

So I came in and read a new email in my inbox. I closed it, and then decided I did not have anything to do with this any longer, so I pressed the delete key on my keyboard to delete it.

At this point, all my email started to get deleted one item at a time. I had no idea what was happening and after a few seconds, they were all gone.

I was more mad than panicked at this point. All my mail was moved to the Deleted Items folder in Outlook (but scattered across a few thousand items there so they are hard to find). I thought it may be a horrible bug somewhere, but when I started to research this, I went to the root of my hard drive. I immediately got an error that my pagefile (c:\pagefile.sys) could not be deleted.

The only thing I could think that would try to delete this file would be if I had pressed the Delete key on the keyboard again. I had not, but when I took a closer look, it had gotten stuck "down."

Man oh man, what a lousy hardware problem. I can't trust that keyboard any more so I threw it out and got a new one.  Stupid keyboard.

Now to manually dig through my Deleted Items folder in Outlook and try to find those emails I need.

What an odd hardware failure…

Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


Comments (5)

  1. poweruser says:

    Why do you have so many item in your deleted items folder?  You should clear it out regularly and not use it as an archive folder.

  2. John says:

    Good question.  I leave the last 30 days of email there "just in case" I need to refer to it.  About twice per month I need these older emails and 30 days seems like a reasonable amount.

  3. Josh says:

    What nasty timing!

  4. m says:

    Just edit the outlook view, add column "last changed" (or modified, not sure about the english title), then sort descending = recently deleted e-mails are on top.

  5. John says:

    Thanks m.  I had looked for this field but must have missed it – it is "Modified" in English.


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