automatically forwarded to my one “real” account. I have each defined in
Outlook as a different account, so that I can send “from” the appropriate
account just by selecting the account I want to use in the account drop-down
list. When I go to send/receive, each account is checked for new mail – the
problem is that since they’re all the same “real” email account, only the first
will actually get any email, the rest are just wasting time checking that same
account. Can I get Outlook to only check one account for new email without
wasting all that time on the others?
I have the exact same situation here. I have many “logical” email addresses
that all forward to my “real” email account. The good news is that Outlook does
have a way to control what accounts are checked, and when. It’s not obvious,
and not terribly simple, but it is there.
First let me explain the situation in a little more detail.
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Let’s assume that your “real” email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org”. That’s
the account that really and truly sends, and receives, all of your email.
Here’s how that account might be configured in Outlook:
to fill in the ‘From:’ field on email you send using this account …
Now, if you own the domain “example.com”, you can define as many email
addresses on that domain as you like, and have them all automatically forward
to your “real” account. For example you might create “email@example.com”, and
use that email address as your Amazon.com contact address. When Amazon sends
email to you at “firstname.lastname@example.org”, it’s automatically forwarded to
“email@example.com”. When you download your email (through your
“firstname.lastname@example.org” account), you’ll see the “email@example.com” address in
the “To:” line of those messages, so you can see what email address was used.
It’s a nice way to track who’s using your email address and how.
The nice thing is that no re-configuration is needed in Outlook. Email
forwarded to your account simply shows up like any other email.
But so far, every email you send will come from
“firstname.lastname@example.org”. What if you want to send email From:
“email@example.com”? Then some Outlook reconfiguration is needed. To do this,
you’ll create a second, additional email account in Outlook:
Note that there are only two changes:
- Your Name has been changed to something a little more
descriptive. This was optional.
- E-mail Address has been changed to
Note also the things that didn’t change: your mail servers, of
course, and the User Name and Password. It’s the User Name and Password that
really identify you and your account to your mail server. “Your Name”,
and “E-mail Address” in the configuration is only used to fill in the “From:”
field on email you send using this account – exactly what we wanted to change.
Everything else remains the same.
At this point it’s also nice to go into the More Settings
dialog and change the name of this account:
Now, when you compose or reply to an email message, the
Accounts dropdown will list “firstname.lastname@example.org” in addition
to the previous, default account. To send from this account, select is in the
Accounts dropdown before pressing Send:
Now notice what happens when you press Send/Receive …
Outlook sends mail from each account, but then it checks mail from
each account. Remember, it’s the same “real” account as defined not by
the email address, but by the User Name and
Password, that are defined the same for both. So the same
account gets checked twice for new mail.
That seems a waste of time. Let’s fix it.
On the Tools menu, select Options and then
click on the Mail Setup tab. Now click on the
Send/Receive button. In the resulting dialog there should be
one Group Name defined, “All Accounts”. Make sure that is
selected, and click on the Edit button. This long journey of
clicks and selection should have you looking at something similar to this:
This dialog allows you to control which accounts are included in the
Send/Receive operation – exactly what we set out to do. In our example, we’ll
click on the email@example.com item on the left, and then
uncheck Receive mail items:
(You can OK your way back out at this point.)
Now this account will no longer be included in the default Send/Receive
action. All email will be downloaded using the default account, and you can
send using this other email address by selecting it when you send.