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Outlook for Mac error: "There is a problem with the Office database."

SYMPTOMS
When you try to open, send, or forward an email message, you receive the following error message: 

There is a problem with the Office database. To use the database you must rebuild it using Database Utility.

CAUSE
The Outlook for Mac database has become corrupted. 
RESOLUTION
To determine whether your database is corrupted, move the Microsoft User Data folder to the Desktop and then start and use Outlook. To do this: 

  1. Exit all applications. 
  2. On the Finder, click Go, click Documents.
  3. Click Microsoft User Data folder and drag it to your Desktop.
  4. Start Outlook.
    Note: If you can start and use Outlook, the problem is with the Identity (database) and you will have to rebuild it. 

For help on rebuilding your database, read this Microsoft Knowledge base article: 

2360509 How to troubleshoot Mac Outlook 2011 identity database or rebuild it

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Article ID: 2434440 - Last Review: 01/05/2012 22:17:00 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

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