Outlook stops updating the screen correctly after Outlook 2007 is running for a long period of time

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After Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 is running for a long time, Outlook 2007 stops updating the screen correctly. For example, you may experience any of the symptoms described underneath:
  • Parts of the Outlook window are now blank.
  • Parts of the Outlook window are now transparent.
  • Views are draw incorrectly or incompletely.
  • Icons may disappear.
  • Toolbars may disappear.


This issue occurs because a leak occurs in Graphics Device Interface (GDI) objects when you run a VBS script or add-in application in Outlook that accesses an Outlook.mailItem.GetInspector.WordEditor Property. The number of GDI objects increase without being released correctly.


To resolve this problem, apply the following hotfix package
981735 Description of the Office Outlook 2007 hotfix package (mso-x-none.msp, outlook-x-none.msp): April 27, 2010


For more information about the MailItem.GetInspector Property, visit the following Microsoft website:


For more information about the Inspector.WordEditor Property, visit the following Microsoft website:



Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


Article ID: 981579 - Last Review: July 6, 2010 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
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