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How to stop Office/Outlook 2003 from synchronizing

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Quite frustrated with this annoyance as well, apparently some double negative logic is required. Firstly, check "Work Off-Line" under the File menu. Secondly, switch to manually sending and receiving mail. Considering that Outlook is designed for large corporate environments and assumes Exchange Server, configuring Outlook this way apparently sets "Syncronize Folders=Not" or something simular. One nows sees the Off-Line icon in the Task Tray which looks like an error or problem but is not. For me, the manual mode (as if one were mobile) is what I prefer regardless which apparently tells the system not to even try to syncronize what could be a massive message store.