A user wanted to know if it was possible to do separate send and receive:
Can the Outlook "Send/Receive" processes be separated, so that you can "Send" without automatically triggering a "receive" and/or do a "Receive" without an automatic "Send"?
His reasoning is that separating the two functions would give someone the ability to do an automated "Receive", while holding outgoing items, such as large emails, until later. It would also help someone who needs to send messages but delay receiving mail, such as to avoid distractions.
Outlook has several options. You can disable the automatic send and receive and use Send all (Send & Receive tab) to send messages and F9 to trigger a manual send and receive. Yes, that’s only halfway there, but it is an option.
If you need to separate them completely, use Send & Receive groups. You’ll need one group with send disabled and could use the Send all command to send at any time or copy the group and enable send in it, but not receive.
To create new send and receive groups:
- Open the Define Send/ Receive Groups dialog using Ctrl+Alt+S.
- Select the All Accounts group and remove the checks from the settings at the bottom of the dialog.
- Copy the default Send & Receive group
- Select the group and adjust the settings at the bottom of the dialog as desired.
- With the copy selected, click Edit.
- Remove the check from Send mail items (for each account) and click Ok.
- Repeat Steps 3 - 6 for a send-only group, unchecking Receive mail items and enabling Send mail items.
To manually send or receive mail using these groups, select the group in the Send/Receive tab, Send/Receive Groups menu. The keyboard shortcut is Alt+S,G, number.