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Improving Mail Performance for Everyone!
If you primarily use POP to retrieve and read your mail, your client may be improperly configured to leave mail on the server. When lots of users make this mistake, it can slow your mail server to a near screeching halt.

Following the steps below will help speed up your mail server, and will not change in any way your mail experience (at least this is true in 99% of cases).

If you're a typical user, you should just follow the steps below.
If you are curious, and you wish to learn more about the reasons why, please read: Should I leave messages on the server?



Outlook:
Click "Tools"->"Accounts"
Click on the "Mail" Tab
Select your Dreamhost POP mail account from the list (eg mail.mydomain.com)
Click on "Properties"
Click on the "Advanced Tab"
Uncheck "Leave a copy of messages on the server".
If you prefer to leave the above box checked, then please check
      "Remove from server when deleted from 'Deleted Items'"
Click "OK"



Netscape:
Click "Edit"->"Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings"
Find your Dreamhost POP mail account from the list (eg myname@mydomain.com)
Click on the SubMenu "Server Settings" under your POP mail account
Uncheck "Leave messages on server"
If you prefer to leave the above box checked, then please check
      "Delete messages on server when they are deleted locally"
Click "OK"



Eudora:
Click "Tools"->"Personalities"
Right click on your Dreamhost POP mail account and select 'Properties'
Click on the "Incoming Mail" Tab
Uncheck "Leave messages on server"
If you prefer to leave the above box checked, then please check
      "Delete from server when emptied from Trash."
Click "OK"


Last updated: Aug 05, 2005.

User Post (2005-12-03 12:12:47 by gotk)
Outlook Express configuration is the same as the Outlook instructions above.
User Post (2005-10-04 13:51:37 by thegalleriebox)
What about Outlook Express?? Does anyone know how to do this with OE?
User Post (2004-04-19 16:32:52 by sephirothnomiko)
Mail (Mac OS X):
Click "Mail" -> "Preferences..."
Click on the "Accounts" Tab
Select your Dreamhost mail account from the list
Click on the "Advanced" Tab
Check "Remove copy from server after retrieving a message:"
You have the option to have Mail remove them "Right away", "After one day", "After one week", "After one month", or "When moved from Inbox" from the pull-down menu below.
Close the window and Mail will ask you if you want to save changes.
Click "Save"
User Post (2004-01-03 23:06:00 by isaac32767)
I assume this doesn't apply to IMAP users?
User Post (2003-09-12 15:48:15 by ardco)
Kmail 1.5.3 under KDE 3.1.4:
Click Settings -> Configure Kmail, <br>Network, <br>Receiving Tab, <br>select the incoming account, <br>click Modify, <br>Check "Delete message from server after fetching",<br> Click OK, OK