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Send and Receive in MS Outlook 2010

If you’re anything like me then, despite the fact that you’ve got Outlook set to automatically check for messages every 15 minutes or so, there are times when you want to check it

While I can’t speak for everyone, I’ve always kept a Send/Receive button on the far left side of my Standard Toolbar.


Even in Outlook 2007, we had this at our disposal, since the program was not completely converted to the new Ribbon format for commands.

So here comes Outlook 2010, and I’m liking it… finding some new features to share… but the other day, out of reflex, I grabbed the mouse and went to the far left side of the Ribbon looking for the Send/Receive button.

Here’s what I found:


Not what I had in mind! In fact, I had already hit the button (old habits are hard to break) and soon found myself staring at a new message.

Needless to say, at that point I had to slow down and really look for what I needed.

Since I expected this command to be on the Home tab of the Ribbon, I didn’t actually find it right away… sad but true that I didn’t read the name on the tab right next to the Home tab.


Yep – it says “Send/Receive” but you know, when you have it in your head that something should be in a certain place, sometimes you just can’t see beyond your expectation.

Anyway, as you can see, the button was on that tab… which is good but, in my humble opinion, not all that convient. I spend most of my time on the Home tab, so needing to switch just to check for new messages doesn’t thrill me.

Fortunately, there’s a couple of other ways that do not involve the Ribbon at all.

The first alternate method is located on the Quick Access Toolbar.


That little button on the left is the Send/Receive – so if you like to use your mouse for these things, there you go. No matter what tab you’re currently using, the Quick Access Toolbar is always visible.

And finally, if you don’t like the Send/Receive tab or the Quick Access Toolbar, then there’s always the shortcut key… F9.

Now you know what I know about the mystery of the missing of the Send/Receive button :)

~ April