Outlook Tools 3.0 – Free Tool for Microsoft Outlook

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Outlook Tools is a free advanced settings Toolkit for Microsoft Office Outlook, providing you an easy access to Outlook settings and data folders as well as allowing you to change settings that normally can only be done through Windows registry. The latest releases version 3.0 supports all versions of Outlook, from Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2016 and Office 365 on all versions of Windows platform, from Vista all the way to Windows 10.

Outlook Tool main window - Outlook Tools 3.0 - Free Tool for Microsoft Outlook

The main General window has a list of buttons to launch various Windows or Outlook built-in tools. Starting Outlook in Safe Mode right from here is handy. Run ScanOst seems obsolete as it’s no longer supported in Outlook 2010 and later version.

The Folder Paths tab lists all common folders used by Microsoft Outlook. Most of them there are just for reference purpose but the Empty Folder button that cleans up the temp folder used by Outlook could be useful.

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Startup Switches tab lists all available switches that can be used to launch Outlook. This is the most useful feature in Outlook Tools to me. For example, I can select Profiles option and click Start Outlook button to launch Outlook with a Choose Profile dialog box.

Outlook Tools Startup Switches - Outlook Tools 3.0 - Free Tool for Microsoft Outlook

The Blocked Attachments tab lists the file types that are blocked by Outlook’s default security setting. You can unblock them right from there using the tool without going through the registry tweaks.

OutlookTools 3 blocked attachments - Outlook Tools 3.0 - Free Tool for Microsoft Outlook

On a Windows 10 computer that runs Outlook 2010, I even see a New Mail Alert tab that lets you change the behavior how the desktop alert appears.

Outlook Tools 3 new mail alert - Outlook Tools 3.0 - Free Tool for Microsoft Outlook

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Verdict

Overall, Outlook Tools 3.0 could be a useful tool for anyone who uses Outlook. I particularly like the features like Startup Switches and Blocked Attachments. I just hope the tool can be portable so I can use it on any machine without installing it first.

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