This feature can turn into a nuisance when you do not want a connection, for whatever reason. Fortunately, you can prevent Outlook Express from attempting to establish an Internet connection.
Prevent Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express from Making Internet Connections
To tell Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express that you are currently offline and what to remain so
- Select File | Work Offline from the menu so that it is checked.
- In Windows Live Mail, hold down Alt if you cannot see the menu.
To enable automatic connections by Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express again, select the File | Work Offline menu item anew to uncheck it.