Common Error Messages in Microsoft Outlook
Some errors and error messages you may encounter while using Microsoft Outlook include:
“Cannot send this item.”
“The destination email address is unrecognized.”
This error message typically deals with how an outgoing email message has been formatted. If you encounter this message, check the “To:” field of the message first to ensure that the recipient’s address is correct. This error can also occur when there is a problem within HTML-based email messages. Changing the outbound message’s format to plain text or rich text should resolve this. Click here to find out how to make this change.
“No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.”
“The server could not be found.”
If you receive this message, first make sure that your computer still has an active network connection. To do this, simply click your computer’s wireless icon to see which WiFi network –if any– it is connected to. If you have verified that you are connected to a network and are still experiencing issues with Outlook, make sure that there are no permissions issues interrupting your ability to send emails. Occasionally, a blocked firewall port or over aggressive antivirus software can cause this error, so if this is the case, try unblocking the firewall port or scaling back your antivirus’s protections (at least temporarily). If you have fixed any problems with your connectivity, firewall, or antivirus and are still having problems, delete and recreate your Outlook profile.
“Outlook not implemented.”
You may receive this error message when you try to open Microsoft Outlook. It indicates that Outlook cannot open because it has been damaged. How you repair Outlook depends on which versions of Outlook and Windows you are using.
If you’re running Outlook 2013 on Windows 7:
- Go to “Programs.”
- Go to “Programs and Features.”
- Select “Microsoft Office.”
- Click “Change.”
- When the “Office 2013” splash screen appears, choose “Repair” and follow the prompts.