You can schedule Windows Mail to automatically check for new e‑mail, or you can check for new e‑mail manually. Checking manually is useful if you don't want to wait for the next time Windows Mail is scheduled to check for new messages, or if you're using dial-up networking to connect to the Internet and you don't want Windows Mail to connect automatically.
Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.
Click the Tools menu, and then click Options.
Click the General tab, and then select the Check for new messages every X minute(s) check box.
To change how often Windows Mail checks for new messages, enter a number between 1 and 480 in the Check for new messages every X minute(s) box.
Click the Tools menu, point to Send and Receive, and then click Send and Receive All.
Windows Mail will send any e‑mail in your Outbox and will download any new e‑mail.
To check for new e‑mail without sending the mail in your Outbox, click the Tools menu, point to Send and Receive, and then click Receive All.
To disable automatic downloading of new e‑mail, click the Tools menu, click Options, and then, on the General tab, clear the Check for new messages every X minute(s) check box.