OIT Home > OIT Knowledge Base Search Knowledge Base: Does Outlook automatically check for new mail? What if I have additional e-mail accounts? You can choose which e-mail accounts and folders to should be checked for new items. By default, your exchange account will periodically check for new mail messages. You can send and receive messages from one, several, or all of your e-mail accounts automatically at specified intervals, or manually. As you create e-mail accounts, they are added into your send/receive groups. By default the inbox will be checked for new messages. When using an Offline Folder file (.ost) for working offline, you can specify which folders are available and kept up-to-date with the server. To modify your send/receive settings: On the Tools menu, point to Send/Receive, point to Send/Receive Settings, and then click Define Send/Receive Groups. In the list, click All Accounts or the Send/Receive group you want to modify, and then click Edit. Select the options that you want. Repeat for each Send/Receive group you want to modify. You can specify different settings for when Microsoft Outlook is offline.Need more help?