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Same e-mail Id configured on two different PCs in outlook2010. The problem is that if one user on a PC reads e-mail then it automatically Read on another PC. But I would like to make sure the user on 2nd PC should read the e-mail. So how to approach this problem to force 2nd user also should read the e-mail.

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What sort of server are you connected to? IMAP? POP, Exchange? –  AthomSfere Apr 27 '13 at 16:40

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Generally Outlook will read the status of the message from the server which it is connected to. One thing you can try is to mark the message as unread in Outlook once you are done reading it -- this should mark it as unread in the other client as well.


According to the link below you can do the following:

Go to: View-> Reading Pane-> Options -- then Uncheck the appropriate check boxes.

Here is a link with a solution to your problem (the longer version of what is listed above): http://www.msoutlook.info/question/250

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This answer is correct. Marking the e-mail as read is a feature of the client, and syncing that change is a feature of IMAP. If you don't want to change the status to "read", make sure the client doesn't change the status, and this answer tells you how. –  bigbadonk420 Jun 13 '13 at 10:48

From what you have said it sounds like your email server is using either IMAP or Exchange. What you want to do would probably work if you change your setup to POP but this may just create more problems.

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Changing the server type only works if the server is changed... –  AthomSfere Apr 27 '13 at 17:18
@AthomSfere The question never specified that this was not a possibility, and a server side option would always be the best in this situation. –  ohope5 Apr 27 '13 at 17:44
Completely changing the environment for the sake of a couple users is pretty much never going to be the best option, especially to change from a good business product like Exchange to the antiquated and low featured POP. –  AthomSfere Apr 27 '13 at 18:02
I agree, but we do not know the number of users, and how important this is to him. –  ohope5 Apr 27 '13 at 18:48
So you jump to the most extreme and backwards approach, downgrading an environment / server to POP? –  AthomSfere Apr 28 '13 at 0:39

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