MS Outlook 2011 is a desktop email client, specially developed for Mac. MS Outlook for Mac creates an OLM file to store user's data locally. A Mac system stores database file of each identity on Microsoft User Data Folder by creating a separate folder for each identity. Each identity can contain emails, tasks, contacts, and calendars etc.
Sometimes MS Outlook fails to load the OLM file because of corruption of the database. If you are facing any of the following problems, your Outlook database might be corrupted or damaged and you need to rebuild Outlook Mac 2011 database to resolve problems.
You can rebuild the identity database in Outlook 2011 by following below mentioned steps:
Step 1: Force Quit all the Open Applications
Click on the Apple icon present on the top left side of your screen and then click on Force Quit. You can also open the Force Quit window by pressing Command key, Option Key and Esc simultaneously. Now, select each application one by one except Finder and click on Force Quit icon. After quitting all the application close the Force Quit Application Window.
Note: You cannot Force Quit Finder.
Step 2: Determine the available Hard Disk Space
Before performing any database maintenance you should check your hard disk space. Your available hard disk space (excluding the virtual memory) should be three times more than the size of your Outlook identity. For example if the size of your Outlook identity is 1 GB then you should have 3 GB available hard disk space. Follow below mentioned steps to find the size of your Outlook identity.
Step3: Create a Backup for current identity
A duplicate copy of your identity will be created. Now you can access this back up by using any third party software.
Step 4: Rebuild your Outlook Mac 2011 database
If your problem is not resolved, then follow the next step.
Step 5: Create a new identity
MS Outlook may create different identities, if you used MS Outlook in more than one places like at your Home, at your work, etc. Each identity will store separate set of items like emails, calendar, contacts, etc. When MS Outlook has multiple identities, there are chances that one of those identities got corrupted. In that case, you can create a new identity to resolve the problem.
Follow below mentioned steps to create a new identity.
If the above mentioned steps did not resolve your Rebuild Mac Outlook 2011 database issue, it indicates that MS Outlook database is severely corrupted and cannot rebuild from the manual methods. In that case, you can use any third party tool to rebuild the Mac Outlook 2011 database to resolve the problems.