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The settings described here are helpful for mobile users having limited bandwidth or unreliable connection to the Internet.

Outlook is set to retrieve only a selected set of folders, and header information only instead of full emaile. Only after then double-clicking onto an email, the full email is retrieved.

This makes access to new emails faster, and reduces retrieval errors during download due to failing connections.

MS Outlook 2003 English

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Click "Tools" -> "Send/Receive" -> "Send/Receive Settings" -> "Define Send/Receive Groups..." as shown here:

The "Send/Receive Groups" window opens:

Select the account group to modify, and click "Edit...". The "Send/Receive Settings" window opens:

In the "Folder Options" area, select the folders to download on the left, and click "Download headers only" on the right.

Select "OK" and "Close".