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StanGreen

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Background: I manage a number of email accounts. Right now I have 8. One I need to check mail on a regular basis thought the day. This works fine. However, some accounts I only need to check once a week or once a month. However, On starting Outlook it always prompts me for the password for each account and then it checks the mail. It is very annoying and time consuming to type 8 passwords each time I start Outlook.

Question: Is there an option some place to tell Outlook to not check some accounts for mail until I want to? For example, I would go in to one account only once a month.

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Stan Green
 

Diane Poremsky

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Go to Send and Receive Settings (Ctrl+alt+S) - select the default send and receive group and deselect the 7 accounts. Go back out the the dialog and add a new group, selecting the 7 and configuring the group. You'll need to check this group manually but can do it from the Send/Receive ribbon.
 

StanGreen

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Thanks Diane. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to get this to work 100% as you describe it. It seems to work for POP accounts but not IMAP accounts. I have tried multiple combinations of settings and different group configurations. Each time, all accounts that are IMAP prompt for a password. Any thoughts?

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Stan
 

Diane Poremsky

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IMAP accounts are weird, but it should work for the S/R groups - if you view an imap folder, then it will check them for sure. Did you try unchecking the imap accounts completely?
 

StanGreen

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I assume by "weird" you mean Outlook does not play nicely with IMAP! Yes, I have tried putting them in a S/R group, not in a group. I have tried every option and combination I can think of. No change. I am not viewing the IMAP accounts. I'm thinking there is an issue with how Outlook handles IMAP and I'm just stuck. Bummer.
 

Diane Poremsky

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I'm not sure play nicely is the right phrase, but yes, i meant how Outlook handles IMAP, not imap itself. It's not always Outlook's fault (like with gmail) but Outlook doesn't make things easy either. Outlook 2010 is a big improvement compared to IMAP support in older versions, but it's not close to taking over the title of 'best imap client ever'. I'll try to repro and see if i can figure something out, but with only 2 imap accounts (one is gmail), i'm not sure I'll have much luck.
 
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