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You receive an "Outlook cannot perform your search" error message when you use the Find feature in Outlook


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Symptoms

When you use the Find feature in Outlook, you receive the following error message:
Outlook cannot perform your search. Outlook cannot display this view. The folder already exists.

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Cause

A previously-defined Advanced Find has been saved and is now corrupted.

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Resolution

To resolve this problem:
  1. Quit and log off of Outlook.
  2. Click Start, click Run, and in the Open box type:
    outlook /cleanfinders
When you run Outlook with the /cleanfinders switch, it removes all saved searches from the mailbox.

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More information

For additional information about this and other command-line switches for Outlook 2000, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
197180 OL2000: Additional Command-Line Switches
Outlook 98:
182112 OL98: Additional Command-Line Switches
Outlook 97:
156982 OL97: Additional Command-Line Switches

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Keywords: KB240697, kbprb, kberrmsg

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Article Info
Article ID : 240697
Revision : 12
Created on : 10/25/2007
Published on : 10/25/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 485