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So Outlook crashed on me yesterday...

...Ok, so that's not terribly interesting. But what happened next was: there was a "Restart" option on the resulting crash dialog. When I clicked it, Outlook re-opened along with all of my previously-open messages!

Well, surprise, surprise - Outlook missed an opportunity to annoy me!

But now I'm curious: is there a way to make this happen intentionally? I do enjoy closing Outlook now and then, to reboot or just to get it out of my hair. But losing track of the messages I'd been reading isn't much fun. I suppose I could flag them or something, but that's tedious - I'd rather just close the app on a whim, knowing I could pick back up where I left off later.

So: is there an option for this somewhere, buried deep within the bowels of Outlook's labyrinthine Options dialog? Or failing that... Any good tips on making Outlook crash on demand?

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If you kill Outlook from, say, Process Explorer what is the behaviour on restart? Does it give you the Restart dialogue? –  Rory Alsop May 6 '11 at 8:41
    
@Rory: no... But you gave me an idea: I wonder if Outlook is using the Restart Manager to accomplish this... –  Shog9 May 6 '11 at 22:06
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You can attempt to hibernate the process to disk.

If it works, you get your messages. If it doesn't work and crashes, you get your messages back.

Unless it completely doesn't work, this should be a win-win situation... :)

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