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OLEXP: How to Work Offline with Outlook Express

This article was previously published under Q171240
SUMMARY
This article describes how to configure Outlook Express to work offline.
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To configure Outlook Express to work offline, Dial-Up Networking must beinstalled and you must have Outlook Express configured for a mail or newsaccount that uses a Dial-Up Networking connection to connect to yourInternet service provider (ISP).

Outlook Express 4, Windows 98

To configure Outlook Express to work offline, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Dial-Up tab.
  3. Under When Outlook Express Starts, click Do Not Dial A Connection.
  4. Click the "Hang up when finished sending, receiving, or downloading" check box to select it.
  5. Click OK.
After you configure Outlook Express to work offline, you can compose mailor news messages, but they are not sent until you click Send And Receiveon the Tools menu, or you click Update in the main Outlook Express screen.

Additional Information

The Dial-Up tab contains the following options:

Do Not Dial a Connection:

This prevents Outlook Express from trying to connect when it is started.This option is best for working offline with mail and news connectionsconfigured to connect with a specific Dial-Up Networking connection.

Dial This Connection:

You can select the default connection Outlook Express dials when it isstarted. You are not prompted for a connection to use. You receive apassword prompt if you have not enabled the Save Password option in theDial-Up Networking connection.

Ask Me If I Would Like to Dial a Connection:

Outlook Express prompts you to connect each time it is started. You canselect which Dial-Up Networking connection to use, or choose not to haveOutlook Express try to connect.

Warn Me Before Switching Dial Up Connections:

This causes Outlook Express to prompt you when it changes from one Dial-UpNetworking connection to another when you check mail or news for multipleaccounts configured to connect with different Dial-Up Networkingconnections.

Hang Up When Finished Sending, Receiving, or Downloading:

This option causes Outlook Express to hang up the Dial-Up Networkingconnection when Outlook Express has finished downloading or uploading mailand newsgroup postings. This option is best when you use multiple mail andnews accounts, or when you need to keep phone usage to a minimum.

Outlook Express 5

To configure Outlook Express to work offline, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tool menu, click Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Click to clear the "Send and receive messages at startup" check box.
  4. Click the Connection tab.
  5. Click to clear the "Hang up after send and receive" check box.
  6. Click OK.
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Article ID: 171240 - Last Review: 01/20/2007 02:21:00 - Revision: 5.1

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