How to Check for New Email in Outlook 2019

How to Check for New Email in Outlook 2019

Checking for new emails in Microsoft Outlook 2019 is a fundamental task for staying updated with your communication, particularly important in roles that involve website development and server administration. Outlook 2019 typically checks for new emails automatically at predefined intervals, but you can also manually check for new emails. Here’s how to do it:

Automatic Email Retrieval in Outlook 2019

Outlook 2019 is configured by default to automatically check for new emails from the server based on a set schedule. This interval can be adjusted in the account settings:

  1. Access Account Settings:
    • Go to the ‘File’ tab in the top-left corner of Outlook.
    • Click on ‘Account Settings’ and then select ‘Account Settings’ from the dropdown menu.
  2. Adjust Send/Receive Settings:
    • In the ‘Account Settings’ window, select an email account and click ‘Change’.
    • Click on ‘More Settings’, then go to the ‘Advanced’ tab.
    • Under ‘Send and receive’, you can adjust the frequency with which Outlook checks for new emails.
    • After making adjustments, click ‘OK’ and then ‘Next > Finish’ to save your changes.

Manually Checking for New Emails

If you need to manually check for new emails (for instance, if you’re expecting an important email and don’t want to wait for the next automatic check), you can do so easily:

  1. Use the Send/Receive Button:
    • Click on the ‘Send/Receive All Folders’ button in the ‘Send & Receive’ tab in the ribbon. This will prompt Outlook to connect to the mail server and check for new messages across all accounts.
    • Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut F9 to perform the same action.
  2. Check a Specific Account:
    • If you have multiple email accounts and want to check a specific one, click on the small arrow next to the ‘Send/Receive All Folders’ button. Here, you can select a specific account to check for new emails.

Ensuring Continuous Synchronization

  • Always Running: Make sure Outlook is open to continuously receive emails. If Outlook is closed, it won’t check for new emails.
  • Network Connection: Ensure that your computer is connected to the internet. Outlook requires an active network connection to check for new emails.
  • Server Status: Occasionally, the mail server might be down. If you suspect this is the case, you might want to check with your email provider or IT department.

Additional Tips

  • Notifications: Outlook can be configured to display desktop alerts for new emails. Go to ‘File’ > ‘Options’ > ‘Mail’ and scroll to the ‘Message arrival’ section to adjust these settings.
  • Folder Sync Issues: If you notice that certain folders are not updating, right-click on the folder in Outlook and select ‘Properties’. Under the ‘Synchronization’ tab, you can see if the folder is synchronized correctly.


Regularly checking for new emails in Outlook 2019 is crucial for maintaining effective communication in your professional role. Whether you rely on automatic synchronization or prefer to manually check for new messages, staying on top of your email ensures that you remain responsive and informed. As a website developer and server administrator, efficient email management is key to coordinating with clients, team members, and managing various aspects of your online projects.


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