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Before Android 2.2, the default email app would only show notifications if it was "off". That is, if I used Advanced Task Killer to kill it.

After Android 2.2, the default email app will show notifications regardless of me killing it.

Is there a way to get the old functionality back?

I want it to always show notifications, but only when I tell it to be "on". I know that I can change the notification settings, but that's annoying and clunky.

If there is a good alternative email app that provides this functionaly and can sync with Exchange, that would work.

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In my samsung i5500 I use a 'sync shortcut' placed on the home screen.

It is a one click on/off sync. You can add the power control widget by long pressing the home screen>Add widget>Power Control

Power Control

Or there are some such one click utility in the market.

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This appears to stop syncing of all programs. I was interested in an email-specific solution, but I think this will work for me as well. – EndangeredMassa Feb 16 '11 at 15:07
After using this, I realized that this will not prevent the email app from grabbing emails and creating notifications. Boo. – EndangeredMassa Feb 18 '11 at 15:59
Not sure if you checked this: Settings>Accounts&Sync>Check/Uncheck Auto-Sync then specifically manage each application to sync or not to sync.. – eagleye Feb 20 '11 at 2:55

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