OL2000: (IMO) How to Set Outlook to Check Messages at Specified Intervals

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NOTE: These procedures only apply if you have installed Outlook with the Internet Mail Only option. To determine your installation type, click About Microsoft Outlook on the Help menu. If you have the Internet Mail Only option installed, you see "Internet Mail Only".

For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257824 OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
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This article describes how to set Outlook to check messages at specified intervals.

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You may want or need for the Outlook client to automatically check for new messages at specified intervals. This feature is helpful if you are connected to your e-mail server through a non-persistent or dial-up connection. In Outlook, you can dial-up and connect to the server, download messages, and upload new messages that you have created. After you establish a working connection and an e-mail account, use the following steps to set Outlook to check messages at a specified interval:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Mail Delivery tab, click to select the Check for new messages every check box.
  3. In the Minutes box, click either the UP ARROW to increase or the DOWN ARROW to decrease the checking interval time. Outlook automatically checks for new mail every 10 minutes by default.
  4. Click Apply, and then OK.


For more information about how to set up e-mail accounts, click Microsoft Outlook Help on the Help menu, type how to use Internet e-mail in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.


Article ID: 263569 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition
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