Outlook 2003: Inbound email Size Limit

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I know this has probably been answered in a PAQ, but I can't seem to find it.  

I am unable to find where to set the size limit for an incoming email to Outlook 2003.  Can someone help me out?  Thanks.
Question by:WizeOwl
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    Outlook 2003 - Tools > Options > Mail Setup > Send/Recieve button > Highlight the Group Name and press EDIT button >  You can set Outlook not to download messages above a certain size.

    Apart from the above There is no other setting in Outlook configured for Internet email. However you email server may have this option so that anything above a certain limit will not get accepted.
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    yes and settings specified in ur email server will be given more priority den yr personal settings
    say if u server has set the limit of inbound mails to 4 MB and u have specifed it as 5 MB at ur local machine
    den also u wont receive any attachment with size more than 4 MB

    Author Comment

    Thank you, I understand how it is supposed to work, and I can get to the EDIT button just fine, but there is no size setting.  

    There's 'All Accounts' and 'Main Group'.  I select 'Edit' and all my individual accounts are listed in the left (scrolling) side box.  The top one is selected by default, but they all look the same.  There's a button in the upper right, 'Account Properties'.  Then in the lower right, there's a selection of two radio buttons, 'Download Headers Only' (not selected), and 'Download Complete Item Including Attachments' (selected).  The second one has a check box (not selected) that says, 'Download Only Headers for Items Larger Than', and a value selector starting at 50KB.
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    Assisted Solution

    'Download Only Headers for Items Larger Than', and a value selector starting at 50KB.

    The above is the only option available to you. You will have to leave anything above this size limit on the server.

    See the thing is, Outlook is only the email client. It does not handle the allowed email limits. These are done at the server level. Hence my explanation above.
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    Expert Comment

    I re-read my post and can see why it was misleading.

    "...You can set Outlook not to download messages above a certain size." should have been added with. It will only download the headers permitting you to download only if needed.

    My apologies for the oversight.

    Author Comment

    Turns out your first reply was accurate, I simply did not understand how it was limiting the size of the download.  Now I see that if an email is larger than the size you enter, only the HEADER of the email will be downloaded.

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