The operation failed. An object could not be found – Fix Outlook Error

Are you receiving following error message on your outlook 2013/2010/2007/2003 when you try to send message?

The operation failed. An object could not be found.

This is very common outlook error that almost every user encounter in their outlook life. As everybody knows that outlook is considered as one of the best email clients and it is used by millions of the user but it generates error message sometimes when it is unable to handle some request. “The operation failed. An object could not be found.” is the result of such type of problem.

What is the Reason behind this error message in outlook?

Honestly speaking, there might be dozens of corners that can create such problem but some of the reasons are most popular that actually creates this error.

1. Damaged Outlook Profile – This is considered as popular reason behind above error. Damaged Outlook Profile refers to corruption of PST File or OST File. PST file stands for Personal Storage Table that outlook used to store information. It acts like a database but it is very sensitive and due to a single broken message, it may be damaged. When it gets damaged or corrupted it becomes inaccessible for outlook hence outlook starts generating “The operation failed. An object could not be found” error.

2. After upgrading or updating Windows – Recently most of the user complains that after upgrading windows from windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10 they start getting the outlook error.

How to resolve the operation failed. An object could not be found problem in MS Outlook?

Here, I am giving you some tested solution to fix this error and if you apply them correctly, definitely you will remove this error yourself.

Method 1: Fix using Stellar Outlook Repair Tool

Stellar Outlook Repair Tool is an advanced software that is especially designed for fixing outlook related problems. When you run this program, it automatically starts scanning of outlook and PST/OST folder and lists out all the reasons that is creating problems to outlook. After that, it gives you a single button to fix all the problems.

3 Steps to Fix this Error

Step 1. Download Stellar Outlook Repair Tool [File Size: 16.6 MB]
Step 2. SCAN your Windows PC for Outlook Error
Step 3. Click Fix button to Repair Error

It not only fixes outlook errors but also recovers permanently deleted emails, sent items, contacts and other outlook items. If you really want to solve outlook problems with ease then leave it for professional Outlook Repair Tool.

Method 2: Create New Outlook Profile

Step 1: Click on Start Menu and Go to Control Panel. In settings search for mail. Click on Mail to open Outlook Mail Setup.


Step 2: In the Outlook Mail Setup wizard, click on Show Profiles… button.


Step 3: Click on Add button to add new profile. Enter name NewProfile and click OK.


Step 4: In the Add a new e-mail account box, enter descriptive name, email address and password.


Step 5: In the next windows, outlook starts configuring email account automatically. Once, email accounts get configured successfully, you can download all your emails and other items from Microsoft exchange server or IMAP.

Method 3: Run Scanpst.exe

Scanpst.exe is an awesome free tool to fix outlook related problems. It becomes much useful especially when outlook data file is larger than 5GB. It repairs pst file and ost file both. You need to run this tool several times until you see no error on the screen. Here, I am giving you steps to run scanpst.exe or Inbox Repair Tool.

Step 1: Go to following location to open SCANPST.EXE file. Path may be slight

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15


Step 2: Double click on Scanpst.exe to launch. Browse PST file for scanning. You may find pst file in following location:

Outlook 2007 and previous

Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019 and Office 365
C:\Users\%username%\Documents\Outlook Files\

Step 1: Click on Start button to start scanning and repairing.


Method 4: Fix System Error

Most of the time this error caused by internal system problems like missing dependent dll files, duplicate or invalid registry entries, outdated system drivers, outdated windows, malware attacks etc. In this situation, optimizing PC using Advanced System Repair Tool can fix this error easily.

3 Steps to Fix this Error

Step 1. Download Advanced System Repair Pro [File Size: 16.4 MB]
Step 2. SCAN your Windows PC
Step 3. Click Fix button to Repair Error


In this article, I explained how to fix “The operation failed. An object could not be found” outlook error. By applying above method, you will be able to fix this error easily.

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