How to Fix Issue of Microsoft® Outlook 2007 Running Slow with Gmail® IMAP?
The Internet Message Access Protocol (commonly known as IMAP) is an Application Layer Internet protocol that allows an e-mail client to access e-mail on a remote mail server.
IMAP is Google Apps Mail account.IMAP does not provide the same speed of POP3 service while in Windows Outlook 2007. Even though IMAP service provides better sync with Microsoft Outlook application by the connection with the Gmail server, you might face some issues related with the performance of the application. The reason is that the Gmail IMAP integration with Outlook software application is not smooth. The configurations of the Microsoft Outlook 2007 for IMAP server type also cause such issues with service. Outlook application downloads unwanted e-mails and attachments like the spam which are prevented to receive at the inbox in Gmail account. Such situations cause slowness issue of IMAP with the Microsoft Outlook 2007 application. The symptoms of issue include the freezing of the Outlook application, slow response while composing or replying for e-mail messages, slow to display the contents of the folder etc.
Discussed below are some ways to resolve issue of slow speed of Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Gmail IMAP:
- Prevent Microsoft Outlook from downloading unwanted emails and attachments
- Change the schedule of e-mail checking with the server
- Resolve issues by modifying Microsoft Outlook 2007 configurations
Prevent Microsoft Outlook from Downloading Unwanted Emails and Attachments
Open Microsoft Outlook application and choose the tools option. Select the 'send/receive' option and then the 'send/receive' settings. Now click on define 'send/receive' groups option. Then click on the Gmail account that the user configured on Microsoft Outlook and press 'edit'. Now for the spam and trash folders, uncheck the download complete item including attachments option. For inbox and drafts, select the above option. Press 'ok' and 'exit' the wizard. This will prevent the downloading of the unwanted e-mails and attachments.
Change the Schedule of E-mail checking with the Server
The time that Microsoft Outlook application should wait before checking for new e-mail messages on the Gmail server can be scheduled on Microsoft Outlook settings. Slowness issue with the IMAP service can be resolved upto some extent in this way. Open the 'send/receive' groups screen by following the steps mentioned above. Here the user can adjust the scheduled time for Microsoft Outlook application. Select and change the time near to schedule automatic send/receive every option.
Resolve Issues by Modifying Microsoft Outlook 2007 Configurations
The user can resolve IMAP slowness issue with Microsoft Outlook 2007 application by modifying certain configurations of Outlook application on the system. Disable the RSS feeds in Microsoft Outlook 2007 to avoid the unwanted synchronization of the feature with the web if the user is not interested in the functionality. Open Outlook and move to the 'tools' menu and select the 'account settings' option. Choose the 'RSS feeds' and then click on the 'remove' option. Now disable the add-ins on the application if the user is not using the option. Go to tools option and select the 'add-ins' tab at the trust center. Uncheck the add-ins displayed while pressing the 'Go' button at the bottom of the screen. Safe mode Microsoft Outlook 2007 and the reduction of the PST file size are also some solutions to the issue.
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