Hi All I think I have cracked it. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 829169 refers to Outlook 2002 and I run 2003 but it seems the same. Main quote " By design, Outlook 2002 disconnects the dial-up connection after the program automatically sends and receives e-mail messages, even if the Hang up when finished with a manual Send/Receive option is not selected. " The article lists a workaround. click here;en-us;829169&Product=OFF2003
Thanks for your help. It appears that I either live with disconnection or only manual send & receive Regards Dickens
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