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Chapter 12. Expert E-mail Management > Managing Connections to E-mail Servers

Managing Connections to E-mail Servers

For each Internet e-mail account you set up, Outlook lets you specify separate connection options. These options are most useful when you have a full-time dial-up connection or a network connection that is sometimes not available—on a portable PC, for example. To change settings for an Internet e-mail account, choose Tools, E-mail Accounts, and select View or Change Existing E-mail Accounts. In the E-mail Accounts dialog box, select the account name, and then click the Change button. Click More Settings and select the Connection tab of the Internet E-mail Settings dialog box. Then adjust any of the three options shown in Figure 12.7:

  • Connect Using My Local Area Network (LAN)— The LAN option assumes you have a full-time connection to the Internet through a local area network. Unless you choose to work offline, Outlook checks for mail every 10 minutes. If you work in a corporate environment with a constant connection to a mail server, this most likely will be the best option for you. It's also the right choice for anyone with an “always on” Internet connection, such as a DSL line or cable modem.

  • Connect Using My Phone Line— This option uses an existing dial-up Internet connection every time you send or receive e-mail. Choose a connection from the list at the bottom of this dialog box, or click the Add button to create a new one. When Outlook attempts to connect with your mail server, Windows displays the dialog box for the connection you selected.

  • Connect Using Internet Explorer's or a 3rd Party Dialer— In this configuration, Outlook does not dial or disconnect automatically. This option is your best choice if you use the same phone line for voice calls and Internet access and you want to control exactly when you connect to the Internet. To adjust settings, double-click the Internet Options icon in Control Panel and click the Connections tab.


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