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Thread: Adjusting Outlook Server Timeouts

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Default Adjusting Outlook Server Timeouts

    By default the Server Timeouts setting in Outlook is too low (~1 minute). When the Server Timeouts value is too low, Outlook can behave erratically (sending duplicate messages, not receiving new mail, etc). To increase the value of the Outlook Server Timeouts, follow these directions:

    • In Outlook, open the settings for the account (by clicking Tools then Email Accounts)
    • Once you've opened the settings for your email account, click the More Settings button
    • In the More Settings pop-up window click the Advanced tab. Increase the Server Timeouts value to 5+ minutes
    • Click the "OK" button then click "Next" to close the account settings window

    At this point, it is recommend to restart your computer to force-through this adjustment to your Outlook settings.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013


    Could there be any complications if you keep it set to the maximum amount of time (10 minutes)?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009



    You should not run into any complications by setting this to the max, this would simply take longer for Outlook to timeout if there was a legitimate error with the connection.

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