Summary: The Outlook error - ‘The operation failed. An object could not be found’ can pop up while using the Send/Receive feature. Due to this error, the email flow is hampered and you may not be able to access the data. This blog highlights the methods to resolve the issue. It also mentions a PST repair tool that can help resolve the error by repairing the corrupt PST file.
Outlook users sometimes encounter an error ‘The operation failed. An object could not be found.’ This error usually impacts the Send/Receive feature of Outlook. Hence, you’re not able to send and receive the emails. In this post, we’ll be discussing the methods to fix this error.
Below we have mentioned different methods to resolve the error. Let’s explore them one-by-one:
The compatibility mode allows an application to run successfully on an older version of operating system (OS). If your MS Outlook is running in compatibility mode, you can turn off the feature and check if it resolves the issue. Follow these steps:
Sometimes, bugs in MS Office program lead to problems in its associated applications, such as the ‘operation failed’ error in MS Outlook. You can repair the MS Office program to fix this error. Follow the below-mentioned steps:
A corrupt Outlook profile may be a reason for the operation failed error. In such a case, you can create a new Outlook profile. Follow the below-mentioned steps:
Sometimes, external programs, such as anti-virus affect the performance of MS Outlook, resulting in the error ‘The attempted operation failed. An object could not be found’. Hence, you can disable the anti-virus program to see if it is causing the issue.
You can also uninstall the anti-virus application and reinstall it. While reinstalling the anti-virus application, unselect the email scanning option.
You can also try to disable the anti-virus add-ins by following the below-mentioned steps:
The corrupt Outlook data file (.pst) may also result in the error ‘The operation failed. An object could not be found’. In such a case, you can try to repair the PST file by using the Outlook in-built Inbox Repair Tool (SCANPST.exe). The SCANPST.exe is located in the Outlook installation directory.
Navigate to the below-mentioned path to find SCANPST.exe:
Once you locate the utility, follow these steps:
ScanPST may fail to repair large and severely corrupt PST files. In such a case, you can use an advanced PST repair tool, such as Stellar Repair for Outlook. This software can repair severely corrupt PST files, irrespective of the file size.
Furthermore, this PST repair software has a user-friendly interface and repairs the PST file in three simple steps. After downloading and installing the software, follow these steps:
You may encounter the Outlook error ‘The operation failed. An object could not be found’ due to different reasons, such as antivirus issues, corrupt Outlook profile, corrupt PST file, etc. You can implement the methods mentioned in this post to resolve the Outlook error. If the PST file is corrupted, you can use the Inbox Repair Tool utility. However, this utility only works when your PST file has minor issues. In case of severely corrupted PST file, you can use the Stellar Repair for Outlook software. The PST file recovery software repairs the file and recovers all the mailbox data, keeping the folder hierarchy intact.
Ravi Singh is a Senior Writer at Stellar®. He is an expert Tech Explainer, IoT enthusiast, and a passionate nerd with over 6 years of experience in technical writing. He writes about Data Recovery, File Repair, Email Migration, Linux, Windows, Mac, and DIY Tech. Ravi spends most of his weekends working with IoT devices and playing games on the Xbox. He is also a solo traveler who loves hiking and exploring new trails.
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