How to Disconnect from Your Dial-up Account after Checking E-mail

When you're using a dial-up account from your laptop, keep in mind that you don't need to be connected to the Internet while you read your e-mail. Especially given how much power the modem draws, you should have your e-mail program immediately hang up (or disconnect) after sending or receiving e-mail. Here's where to check those settings in Microsoft Mail and Outlook Express:

  1. Choose Tools→Options.

    The Options dialog box duly appears.

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  2. Click the Connection tab in the Options dialog box.

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  3. Select the Hang Up After Sending and Receiving check box.

    Remember that this setting isn't needed for broadband access.

  4. Click OK.

    You may also want to disable automatic checking.

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