University of Wolverhampton

IT Self Help

Advice for Staff using Outlook and Exchange 2003

Members of staff are allocated 150mb for their Exchange 2003 Mailbox. When you've upgraded to Exchange 2010 you'll get a 600mb mailbox.

It can quickly fill up if you do not manage your emails, especially if you are sending or receiving large attachments.

To help you manage your mailbox, you'll get some messages if it starts filling up:


What to do if your mailbox is full

  1. Reduce the size of your mailbox

Your mailbox is not only your Inbox, but includes all the folders listed under your name in your mailbox.

  1. Send a test message

Send a test email to yourself. If you receive your test message and don't get the message saying that your mailbox is full, then this has resolved your problem.

  1. Set up Personal Folders

If you need to keep some emails, you can set up personal folders for storing them. Note: these are located on your PC, so you can't access them from any other computer or via OWA. See the instructions for setting up personal folders for Outlook 2003.


Still think you need more space?

Mail messages for University staff are held on the central Exchange servers managed by IT Services. Storage space is not infinite so in order to keep costs down and to simplify administration, a standard quota is applied to all staff. This has been set at a level which is enough for the majority of staff, provided they manage their mailbox as outlined on our web pages.

If the nature of your work frequently requires you to access large volumes of email/attachments on-line and from different locations, you should consider using a laptop instead of a desktop PC. The advantage of a laptop is that you can carry your Personal Folders around with you, so you always have access to the information you need. IT Services will be happy to provide further advice, but you should discuss this with your line manager in the first instance.

In exceptional circumstances, if the quota is not considered sufficient for an individual to carry out their job effectively, an increase may be requested. IT Services may have to pass on the costs of increased quotas in the future, so all parties should agree there is a clear business need for additional space.

Any request for an increased quota must come from the line manager. This must confirm that, as part of their job, the member of staff in question has to be able to access large volumes of emails on-line from two or more separate locations. It should also indicate why this cannot be achieved by use of Outlook Personal Folders and/or a laptop.

The request must be made in writing to the Director of IT Services. Any increase in limit, as well as the duration of the arrangement will be at the discretion of IT Services.


To check the size of your Mailbox

You can check it from Outlook by following the instructions below:






  • Date: 24th February 2010
  • Last reviewed: 3rd November 2011