Compacting entourage error

I have tried to compact Entourage due to my database being very large and
some letters being blanked out. I have carefully followed the instructions.
However I keep getting a message saying to quit other MS Office programs
before I can proceed. Problem is, there are no other Office programs - nor
any other programs for that matter - running at the time.

I am on an iMac G3 with 512 MB RAM running OSX 10.28

9/3/2004, 1:57:15 AM

On 3/9/04 2:57 am, in article BD5D47BB.275B6%j***********,
"johnwolmer" <j***********> wrote:

> I have tried to compact Entourage due to my database being very large and
> some letters being blanked out. I have carefully followed the instructions.
> However I keep getting a message saying to quit other MS Office programs
> before I can proceed. Problem is, there are no other Office programs - nor
> any other programs for that matter - running at the time.
> I am on an iMac G3 with 512 MB RAM running OSX 10.28

The likely culprit is the Database Daemon, which runs silently in

Open entourage, turn OFF notifications (Under the 'entourage' menu) and quit
entourage again. If that doesn't work, paste this one line script into
script editor and run it:

Tell app "Microsoft Database Daemon" to quit

Here's a link that should load that script for you:

Barry Wainwright
Microsoft MVP (see for details)
Seen the All-New Entourage Help Pages? - Check them out:

Barry Wainwright
9/3/2004, 8:26:50 AM

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