The orange on the task bar means that the program is running in the
background (some other program is in the foreground) and that the
program has some output for you (it wants your attention). It turns
back to blue once you bring it to the foreground.
When you do a send and receive it is normal to start another task and it
gets the new button on the task bar until the send and receive
You seem to have several issues going on here.
1) To have OE automatically do a send and receive when started, see
Tools, Options, General, Send and Receive messages at startup.
2) To have OE do the send and receive without asking for your password,
see Tools, Accounts, Mail, Properties, Servers and fill in the password
and check remember password. If in the past it only asked for the
password when sending and you don't want to have to enter that, your ISP
appears to be using SMTP authentication. In OE this is specified in
Tools, Accounts, Mail, Properties, Servers, Outgoing Mail Server, My
Server Requires Authentication. Click the Settings button and fill your
sending settings if they are different in that incoming server.
3) That the program is going to the background and you get the orange
button means that some other program is stealing the focus. This can
happen with Internet Explorer if the page you are own is automatically
updating or is still downloading. Or have you perhaps recently updated
Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm