Quickest way to populate email via IMAP up to a server.

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OK, I have Gmail and Outlook 2010 (Windows 7). All my data is in Outlook as I had been using POP acces to just download from Gmail and organize in Outlook itself.

I'm changing over to IMAP and need to get all the messages in Gmail to correspond to the right folders/labels as I have them in Outlook.

What I did is deleted everything from my Gmail box and then configured it for IMAP. I then brought in my old PST as a personal folder under my IMAP profile. I'm now dragging folders form the PSt up to the IMAP area so it can uplaod them back to GMail and put them in the appropriate folder/label.

Problem is this is taking hours even for folders with just a couple hundred emails.

I saw someone suggest to put Outlook into Offline mode, move the files, then go back online and just let it upload in the background? Would that help? Is there anything else I can try to get this initial load completed. It is working fine, it's just taking forever to get there.

Also on a side note, if I have two PCs with Outlook and have them both IMAP'd to the same gmail account, if I put something in a folder on one Outlook, will it then upload that to Gmail and then download it to the other Outlook program? I would think it would but just wanted to see before I wasted time setting it up.

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Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Office 365 Exchange


It might be a little faster if you move the folder when outlook is offline but its going to be slow either way - outlook is not speedy when it comes to imap. The speed problem may be on gmail's end - they don't use folders and need to label all the messages with the folder's name.

Yes, with imap, messages will be identical on each computer and changes you make on one will sync to the imap server and the other computer.
 
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