Popular Add-Ons for Older Versions of Outlook

Extend the value and life of older versions of Outlook

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If you use an older version of Outlook, and you are resistant to updating to a newer version, but you'd still like to extend and add features to make it more efficient, here is a list of productivity add-ons, spam filters and more that can help—and some are even compatible with new versions of Outlook.

Duplicate Email Remover is a wonderful Outlook add-on that detects duplicate email messages precisely and can deal with them in a number of useful ways. 

Outlook Password recovers passwords to encrypted Outlook storage (PST) files as well as email account passwords in a straight forward manner.

Recover My Email lets you undelete and recover emails deleted from Deleted Items or from a broken Outlook PST file or Outlook Express DBX message store. This is compatible with older versions of Outlook. For PST file recovery, it is compatible with Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 (including Outlook 2010 32 and 64 bit versions). If you use Outlook Express, it can perform DBX recovery in all versions.

Send Personally is an easy-to-use add-in for Outlook that lets you send messages to groups so that each recipient gets a unique, personal copy and cannot see the other recipients on the list.

Add Contacts automatically builds your Outlook address book by adding new recipients of your emails or replies to a Contacts folder of your choice.

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NEO Pro will help you handle email better in less time with Outlook. It adds ribbons and toolbars through a user interface augments, plus correspondent view, workflow actions that are automated, and undockable tabs. It is compatible with all versions of Outlook, including 64-bit, and Office 365.

Auto BCC/CC for Outlook makes it easy to copy certain email addresses automatically on outgoing mail, and its filters allow you to decide what kind of message is Bcc:ed or Cc:ed to whom.

Part of the MapiLab Toolbox, email scheduler is a component that lets you send emails and files in the future, once or even periodically using flexible schedules.

SpamBayes employs sophisticated analysis using Bayesian statistics to rid your email Inbox of junk mail precisely and in an effortless manner.

New Mail Notifier adds a very useful notification window to Windows that allows you to see the message details at a glance, without the need to switch to Outlook and open the email message. It is compatible with Outlook 2000, 2003, and 2007.

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PoliteMail is a bag full of professional email marketing tools that include list management, email metrics to measure effectiveness, templates, a content library, mail merging, and a multitude of tracking and graphical analyses built seamlessly into Outlook.

Bells and Whistles for Outlook is a collection of small but useful tweaks and add-ons for Outlook. For example, you can automate the adding of greetings, signatures, disclaimer sections, or boilerplate texts; notifications to add attachments when you mean to, or even when you use too many upper case letters. 

Bells and Whistles is compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

ClearContext plugs into Outlook seamlessly, automatically transforming your inbox into a cleaner, leaner, organized, and better place. You can assign emails as to-dos, create projects to organize your tasks and make email filing streamlined down to a simple click.

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Lookout lets you search for emails, contacts, to-do items and much more anywhere in Outlook within seconds. Unfortunately, Lookout does not work with Outlook 2007 or later.

Comodo BackUp fully backs up all messages, contacts, rules, accounts, settings and more from most email clients in an easy to use manner.

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Lookeen finds everything fast in Outlook—and your entire Windows system—no matter the account, folder, PST file, or type, such as email, or a meeting, or an attachment.

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SpeedFiler makes filing email in Outlook a snap and even suggests the most likely target folder intelligently. File outgoing messages in folders, with helpful prompts triggered when you send a message that let you file the outgoing message into an appropriate folder in your outbox.

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SimplyFile turns filing Outlook messages into a one-click action and, having learned by example, suggests the correct target folder, too. Compatible with Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 (64- and 32-bit).

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Using Bayesian statistics, SpamAid achieves a great spam detection rate and is really easy to use. SpamAid is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP and Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP/2003.

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Attach Plus makes sending files via email easy and flexible by compressing documents or converting them to PDF files. It's compatible with Outlook 2000 through 2016 (32-bit version) and Outlook Express 6.

Copernic Desktop Search makes it easy to find any email in any Outlook, Outlook Express, or your entire desktop fast.

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HideOutlook hides Outlook from the taskbar when you minimize it, putting it in the system tray instead and makes a number of useful actions available from its icon.

Disruptor OL is a thorough and highly effective approach to eliminating spam from your Outlook Inbox. It is compatible with Outlook 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Mailinfo is a tool that lets you know when emails you have sent are opened and if they are not.

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intraVnews makes Outlook read RSS feeds naturally, allowing for smart grouping, searching, filtering and archiving of news items and blog posts. It is compatible with Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 98, WinServer, Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), and Windows XP.