Using multiple data files/inboxes at the same time in Outlook 2003

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I am working in Outlook 2003 with Windows XP.  I have 2 email accounts set up.  I am having several problems

1) Both email accounts are saving to the same data file even though I set them up with seperate files originally.  When I try and change the data file, both email accts save to the file that I am changing to.  Either way I'm still only saving to one data file.  The only way I've found around this is to change to one of the data files, then restart and initiate the email process.  I repeat this for the other data file.

2) Also, can you receive mail for 2 seperate email accounts at the same time.  For example, when I'm using my "All Accounts Group"?

3) If you can't receive and or send to 2 inboxes at the same time, is there a way to send/receive individually without having to change the data file and restart Outlook?

Thanks for the assistance.
Question by:SharonAl
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    Outlook works from one specific PST file at a time for sending/receiving.  The only way you can receive to two separate Inboxes is to setup a rule to direct email to a specific domain or email account to be delivered to that Inbox.  

    If you have two email accounts setup you can specifiy which account you would like to send from.  Open a New Email and click on View->Toolbars, make sure the Email toolbar is selected.  On this toolbar is a button called Accounts.  If you want to send an email from your second or third account, click this button and choose the other account you want to send from.  You will see a message above the To field that says which account will be sending the message.

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