How to automatically receive email in Outlook 2013?

Here’s a note we received from Xavier:

I am using Outlook 2013 to read my Hotmail. The thing is that by default, Outlook refreshes my inbox every hour or so. Is there a way to make Outlook automatically refresh every 5 minutes or less?

Thanks Xavier for this question. As a matter of fact you can configure Outlook 2013 send / receive mechanism to fire off every few minutes as you might need. Here’s how:

  • Open Outlook 2013 and ensure that you are in the Mail tab.
  • From the upper menu, select Send/Receive.
  • Select Send / Receive groups and hit Define a Send /Receive group.
  • Set the required time interval as show below:

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  • Ensure the interval is not too short or you’ll end up with duplicated messages in your mailbox.
  • Hit Close, and you’ll be all set.

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