I don't use Express for my mail, I'm with AOL. But your correct, you should be able to close the "Read mail" window and still keep express open.
I've just tried it on my machine and it works fine. It is obviously a setting somewhere but, sorry I can't find it. Someone will have the answer though, even if it means a repair of Outlook Express by re-installing the files again, but not being to familiar with the program, I will leave the instructions for this to someone else. Good luck and regards. j.
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