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How to temporally disable account without deleting in Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook allows you to create multiple email accounts inside. After adding multiple email accounts, there will be multiple inbox folders and Sent Items folders created automatically. Then the Outlook will run very slowly when enabling the Send and Receive function. Actually, you can temporally disable a specified email account which you do not use at that time in order to make Send and Receive going more quickly. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to temporally disable specified email account without deleting it in Outlook.

Temporally disable email account without deleting in Outlook

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1. Open the Send/Receive Groups dialog box.

1). In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click Send/Receive Groups > Define Send/Receive Groups under Send / Receive tab. See screenshot:

2). In Outlook 2007, click the button in Send/Receive in the Ribbon, then click Send/Receive Settings > Define Send/Receive Groups. See screenshot:

2. In the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, please click the Edit button.

3. Then the Send/Receive Settings – All Accounts dialog box pops up. In this dialog box, you need to:

1). Select an email account which you want to temporally disable in the left Accounts pane.

2). Uncheck the Include the selected account in this group box.

3). Click the OK button.

4. When it returns to the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, please click the Close button to close the dialog box.

From now on, the specified email account will be temporally disabled when you start the Send and Receive function in Outlook.


1. This method is not applied to the Exchange account.

2. After finishing the setting, Outlook will not receive mail from the account any more, but, it can still send messages from this account.

3. If you want to enable the Send / Receive feature, please check Include the selected account in this group box in the Send/Receive Settings – All Accounts dialog box.


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    Alessandro · 17 days ago
    Salve, e se invece volessi abilitare la ricezione ma impedire l'invio da uno degli account impostati? L'ideale sarebbe non poter selezionare l'account dall'elenco o messaggio di errore nel caso si inviasse in quanto ho trovato come soluzione solo la cancellazione dei parametri del server in uscita e quindi la mail non viene inviata ma rimane nella cartella in uscita.
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    Alexis · 3 months ago
    I just want to say THANK YOU - I have had an issue updating a password for an IMAP email account that I receive into my Outlook 2016 on my desktop (along with 9 other addresses) - it just wouldn't let me change the password by going via the usual File>Account settings etc. Your insight on disabling took me in the back door (they really haven't updated this bit for may years) to access the account settings in the old fashioned way - and fabulous, it works. I had spent 1 hour on the phone with Microsoft, who told me I didn't have a 'real program'! So, thanks, you've saved my working life...
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    infoval · 4 months ago
    super ce tuto complet !

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    Victor · 8 months ago
    Thanks, this is usefull in outlook 2016 too.
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    Ahmet · 2 years ago
    That was so useful for me, Thanks a lot...