Disable Automatic Send/Receive of Email in Outlook

If you use Outlook, you might have noticed that it downloads and sends emails automatically after certain intervals, though that is definitely a good practice, many people may not want to send/receive emails automatically for several reasons.

Here are some simple steps that will stop the automatic send/receive of emails in both .

Disable Automatic Send/Receive In Microsoft Outlook

Step 1: Open Outlook and go to Tools > Options.


Step 2: Click on the Mail Setup tab, if you want to disable automatic sending of messages, just uncheck the box next to Send Immediately when connected, this will disable automatic sending of messages.


Step 3: Click on the Send/Receive button in the same tab, this will open a new options window. To disable automatic send/receive for your account group, just select the group from the list and uncheck the box next to Schedule an automatic send/receive every.

With the automatic send/receive disable you will still have to download emails, just press the F9 key with the Outlook window in focus, whenever you want to manually send/receive email in Outlook.

9 thoughts on “Disable Automatic Send/Receive of Email in Outlook”

  1. Another way: view/toolbars/customize/commands/tools/disable scheduled send/receive

    This is nice if you want your phone to pick up all mails while you’re at lunch. You re-enable the schedule when you return.

  2. Is there a way to configure outlook express to (only) send emails and not receive? I’ve been trying to meddle around but can’t really get it “unstucked”. Outlook seems to always need to receive before it sends out, or something like that. It just gets stucked when I click on the send/rcv button.

    1. go to send/receive settings, then send/ receive groups. Double click on the group and you can change whethr both a send and/or receive is done

  3. Your advisory on how to disable automatic send and receive was excellent and needed. You would be surprised how many experts and sites that I visited before you provided the correct answer. Most advisors sent me to MS Outlook rules for delaying send but when delays are put there they cannot be overriden I don't think.

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