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Stop Email from Checking Automatically

Saturday, June 18th, 2005 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help
 
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Q:
Is there a way to stop my email program from automatically checking my mail when I turn it on?

A:
I’m not sure why, but I like to have control over when my email downloads. I decide when to push the Send/Receive button. Setting your email up to only check email at your command is easy.

With Outlook Express go to Tools/Options then under the “General” tab, uncheck “Send and Receive Messages at Startup”. You can also uncheck “Check for new messages every…” to prevent it from going out and getting mail on its own.

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With Thunderbird go to Tools/Account Settings then select “Server Settings” for your mail accounts.

Uncheck “Check for new messages at startup”. You can also uncheck “Check for new messages every…minutes” to stop it from going out and getting mail on its own.

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With Netscape Mail go to Edit/Mail and Newsgroups Account Settings. Select “Server Settings” then uncheck “Check for new messages at startup”. You can also uncheck “Check for new messages every…minutes” to stop it from going out and getting mail on its own.

Now when you bring up the program you can decide when to send and receive your mail.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas

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