[OL] Manage Outlook 2011 Work Online Time & Battery Usage

###Use Case

  • I use this macro to minimize my MacBook Pro/Air battery usage when I am on battery.
  • I found that Outlook 2011 did not consume much power, except with connecting online to Exchange Server to sync messages.
  • It sets Outlook 2011 to "offline" status, thus preventing a network/internet connection to sync, and in doing so conserves battery usage.
  • Then, every 15 min (adjustable), it sets the status to "online", and syncs, for 3 minutes (adjustable).
  • It is used in conjunction with this Macro:
    MACRO: ON WAKE Actions to Execute on System @Login & @Wake

This macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. You will need to enable (after making your changes) in order to trigger.

###MACRO:   [OL] Manage Outlook 2011 Work Online Time & Battery Usage

~~~ VER: 1.1    2016-11-07 ~~~

[OL] Manage Outlook 2011 Work Online Time & Battery Usage.kmmacros (11 KB)




  • When on Battery, Limit Outlook Online Time to Minimize Use of Battery


  1. Nothing to do other than:
  • Make sure this macro is enabled
  • Change Macro settings as desired


  • Macro Auto-Runs Every 16 Minutes
  • Enables Outlook "Work Online" for 15 Minutes


  • Change Micro Triggers as Desired:
    • HotKey: CTRL OPT CMD O
    • Auto Execute Every 16 Minutes
  • Macro Group: Any Group with Global Access (All apps)
    • This needs Global access because it needs to run no matter which app is currently the FrontMost.
  • Change Outlook Online Time ("OL__Online_time") as desired

TAGS: @Outlook @Online @Battery @Script @AppleScript


  • Any Action in magenta color is designed to be changed by end-user
  • This macro uses Google Search and Google Chrome, but can be easily changed


  • To facilitate the reading, customizing, and maintenance of this macro,
    key Actions are colored as follows:
  • GREEN -- Key Comments designed to highlight main sections of macro
  • MAGENTA -- Actions designed to be customized by user
  • YELLOW -- Primary Actions (usually the main purpose of the macro)
  • ORANGE -- Actions that permanently destroy Varibles or Clipboards

(1) Keyboard Maestro Ver 7.2.1+
(2) Yosemite (10.10.5)+