Hi Alex thanks for that - still hasn't solved problem but hoping to in a couple of days time with the guy I know who is a bit of a computer wiz - however I think windows key f cuts out the first two steps of what you instructed me to do. Mandy. ----- Original Message ----- From: alex thynne To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008 3:24 PM Subject: [access-uk] Re: Outlook Express. Hi Mandy this is what I do to search the whole of my computer for something, a file folder, whatever:- 1. minimise aps using windows key plus m. 2. press f3. 3. in the field for all or part of the file name, type the name of whatever it is you want to find. 4. tab twice to the look in combo box and select where you want to look for the file, you could use hard drives, c: D: whatever the number of your hard drives is. 5. tab several times until you hear search. 6 press enter and wait around. The computer will look for each and every occurrence of that name, you could see it several times. 7 at this point you can tab to the folder view list view. Windows will populate that view with anything it finds with the name you chose. You should be able to identify the path to where the folder or file is. Once you know where it is, you should be able to import the folder you need in outlook express, you'll probably have to tab around the various options for that. I don't know Outlook Express but it shouldn't look too dissimilar to other windows based programmes, it will have look in, various views or whatever. I can't help you necessarily with that as such. but if you have an idea where something is from the windows search, that's half the battle. Hope this helps. Alex skype name: grytpype2006 windows live messenger name: alex.thynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Mandy Sent: 05 September 2008 14:27 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Outlook Express. Thanks for emails, nothing has yet helped. I emailed a guy I know who works with computers - he said this: Search your whole computer for files ending in the extension .DBX Outlook express has a default store folder and if that somehow got moved, that would have the same effect. So if you look for any DBX files, and then find the OE store folder and find that there are DBX files in there which are clearly the ones containing your messages, e..g. they will have any custom folder names that you've made, the important thing to do immediately, is to make a copy of all those DBX files, in fact copy everything that is in the folder they are in, to a known safe location. Having done that you will be able to re-import them into O E by choosing File menu, import messages, from a store folder. He says search the whole computer for this folder, how do I do that please? Mandy.