Disabling Reading Pane in Outlook 2007 to avoid crashes

The Reading Pane in MS Outlook (or any other email application) is a feature that enables you to view the email messages without opening them. It provides ease to you especially when there are lots of emails and you need to browse through them quickly. However, sometimes the use of Reading Pane can leave you in a soup. This particularly happens when the PST file of your current Outlook profile is corrupted. It can get corrupt due to various reasons such as virus infections, human errors, abrupt or improper shutdown of Outlook or Windows system, etc. In such cases, you should use the Inbox Repair tool to repair the PST file. However, if the issue is still not resolved then you should use a third-party Oultook pst repair tool to recover the PST file.

Consider a scenario wherein you are using Outlook 2007 as your email application in a Windows Vista system. In this, whenever you select a particular email, Outlook 2007 exits abruptly. You are not able to even delete the email as it involves selecting the email in the first place.


The actual problem in this case is that Outlook is unable to show the reading pane for the message. This problem happens when such message is on the top of the selected folder. You are not able to delete the email as Outlook crashes even before you can attempt to delete it.


To resolve this issue, you need to delete the email. For this, you should access Outlook in Safe Mode and disable the Reading Pane option. To do this, open Outlook in safe mode by clicking the ‘Start’ button and typing outlook.exe/safe. Now, when Outlook is opened in the Safe Mode, turn off the Reading Pane option. Now, exit Outlook from Safe Mode and open Outlook normally. If the problem persists, you should run the Inbox Repair tool (scanpst.exe) to repair the PST file. This should resolve the problem.

However, if the Inbox Repair tool is unable to resolve the issue then you should use a third-party PST file recovery software to perform PST recovery Such read-only tools are able to recover the PST files safely without overwriting the original data.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a PST repair software that enables you to recover PST that has corrupted. It is able to convert the corrupted PST file into a clean PST file with all the contents. This PST recovery tool is capable of recovering the emails, contacts, calendar entries, meeting notes, etc in the new PST file. In addition, this software is able to recover deleted emails from MS Outlook and Outlook Express. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.

Resolving ‘File access is denied’ Error when Importing Outlook PST

Microsoft Outlook makes data import easy through Import and Export wizard. You can import any PST for use in Outlook, but the operation requires that the structure of file to be intact. One of the common mistakes that an Outlook user does when backing up a PST to export it later is to keep open Outlook. Such events, if occur, usually result in PST corruption and require a PST Repair solution. However, you should first consider to restore from backup.

The further scenario illustrates such a situation when you cannot import an Outlook PST. Consider you need to wipe or reformat your entire hard drive. So as the preventive measure, you backup your Outlook PST on a CD or DVD Jeu gonflable. Next, you try to restore the PST and use the Outlook Import and Export wizard to import it in Outlook. But, you cannot do so and receive an error that reads as:

Microsoft Outlook:

File access is denied. You do not have permission required to access the file drive_letter:\path_name

Where, drive_latter and \path respectively denote the root drive letter and full path to the PST.


Outlook may fail to access the PST in following situations:

· PST has read-only attribute

· You are trying to import an Outlook PST. As described earlier, this is a possibility when you keep the Outlook open when backing up the PST on a CD or DVD.


To isolate the described issue, you require solutions such as:

· Copy the PST to the hard drive. Right-click the file and select its Properties to make sure that the read-only option is unchecked.

· Run Outlook Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to repair the corrupted PST. For this, you need to first copy the PST to hard drive. Also, make sure that the view of hidden files and folders is enabled as otherwise, the file won’t be located.

An Outlook PST Repair tool becomes handy when you cannot repair the corrupted PST with Scanpst tool. The third-party PST Repairapplications are easy to use products that scan and repair corrupted PST using powerful algorithms. The software are usable in each instance of PST corruption.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is an advanced utility that repairs corrupted PST and restores it as a new Outlook-importable PST. The Outlook PST Recovery tool supports MS Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. The software has an interactive display that resembles that of Outlook.

PST Appears of 0KB after Running Chkdsk

Outlook PST corruption is frequently encountered due to issues like, unexpected shutdown, not closing the Outlook properly, third-party interruptions, network issues and 2 GB file size limitation. Such events usually cause PST objects to become inaccessible and also introduce abrupt behavior symptoms in Outlook. Microsoft Outlook with corrupted PST is slow at use or might even fail to open. To fix such issues, it is suggested to immediately restore the file from backup. If in case, it is unavailable, one should try running Inbox Repair Tool. If this too fails, Outlook PST Repair tools can help regaining your work.To exemplify, you can consider the following scenario:

1-You use a Windows based system and observe file system corruption symptoms
2-To fix the errors, you run chkdsk and it goes correctly
3-You open Outlook, but it fails with an error that it could not open default email folders
4-When you examine the PST file, it appears to be of size 0 KB


PST file is corrupted. This could occur because of unsuccessful chkdsk attempts, like reindexing and reallocating.


To repair a corrupted Outlook PST file, Microsoft provides a built-in tool, called Inbox Repair Tool. However, you should first attempt to restore from backup, if is present and valid.

You can locate the tool at one of the following locations:

:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\

:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12 (for Outlook 2007)

Alternatively, you can use Windows Search or Find option. Follow these steps to run the tool:

1-Backup the PST file to prevent any post-crash consequences
2-Locate the tool at the location mentioned above
3-Open the tool by double-clicking the file
4-Type the PST file name and specify its path or you can browse to it
5-Click Start to begin the repair process
6-Exit the tool after it finishes

Try to open the PST file. If it opens successfully, the file is repaired or else you need to opt for third-party solutions, called PST Repair software.

Outlook PST Repair utilities are graphically rich tools with advanced technology to repair and restore the damaged Outlook .pst file. They perform effective PST recovery while providing you a pleasing user experience.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST Repair is a comprehensive solution for repairing the damaged Outlook .pst file. The tool serves as advanced PST Repair for files created with Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000. It can restore all PST objects, which include emails, notes, journals, tasks and calendar events.