I'm no expert on IMAP but as i understand it, by using IMAP you create a replica of the folders in your GMail account and whenever you open Outlook it will download all the files from the web based Inbox and other folders that have not previously been downloaded.
I think I must pass on this and let's see what others say.
I have a gmail account and have configured it with MS Outlook 2010 using IMAP. My OS platform is Windows XP. I want to do the following:-
1. Only send mails using Outlook.
2. Prevent download of gmail's inbox/sent mails into Outlook.
3. Configure Outlook such that it notifies when there is a new mail in my gmail's inbox which I can check by logging into gmail. A preview of the new mail in terms of sender's name and mail subject is fine. But not the download of entire mail with attachments.
Waiting for a response.