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Change how often Outlook Express checks for new email messages

Send Receive button in Outlook Express Depending on the way you organize your day and work, and how often you need to reply to emails every day, you will be interested to know that Outlook Express gives you complete flexibility when it comes to customizing how often it will check for new email messages on the server. If you want to work undisturbed, and only check for new emails between tasks, you can set that number high, and manually click on the Send / Receive button to download new messages, if any; by the same token, if quick response time is important to your business or role / position in your company, you can make Outlook Express check for new messages as often as every minute! This tutorial explains how to change that setting.

Make Outlook Express check for new messages more often or less often

Follow these steps to configure how often your email program will try to download new messages from the mail server:

Tip: how long Outlook Express waits before checking for new emails depends on whether or not it checks for new messages when you launch the program (it does by default). It also depends on how often you manually check for new emails yourself, in which case it will "reset" the counter and check for new messages {x} minutes after that last check.

Tip #2: to prevent Outlook Express from automatically checking for new emails when it launches, uncheck the "Send and receive messages at startup" checkbox. With that setting turned off, you'll manually check for mail when you are ready (or wait for the minutes you have selected to elapse).

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Tutorial last updated on December 2, 2011
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