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What is Lotus Notes Compacting?

Your Notes mailbox contains usable documents and unused space ("white space"). Deletion of many documents or large attachments can cause considerable amounts of unused space, which takes up disk space unnecessarily. Compacting removes the unused space.

To check if your mailbox needs to be compacted, follow these steps:

1. Open you mailbox.

2. Select File - Database - Properties from the menu to bring up Database Properties dialog box.

3. In the dialog box click the second tab with letter "i" on it.

4. Click [% used] button to see the current compression ratio.

5. If the percentage of a database in use drops below 90% (it contains more than 10% unused space), click the Compact button to compact the database.

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