Setting up your E-mail Account in Microsoft Outlook Express

This tutorial shows you how to set up Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to work with your e-mail account. This tutorial focuses on setting up Microsoft Outlook Express 6, but these settings are similar in other versions of Microsoft Outlook Express®. You can set up previous versions of Microsoft Outlook Express by using the settings in this tutorial.

To Set Up Your E-mail Account in Microsoft Outlook Express

1. In Microsoft Outlook Express, from the Tools menu, select Accounts.

Microsoft Outlook Settings

2. Go to the Mail tab and from the Add menu, select Mail.

Add mail info

3. In the Display Name field, enter you full name and click Next.

Outloook Info

4. In the E-mail address field, enter your email address and click Next.

Add Email Address

5. On the E-mail Server Names page, complete your information as follows:

  • My incoming mail server is a
  • POP3
  • Incoming mail (POP3, or HTTP) server
  • POP pop.yourdomain.com
  • Outgoing mail (SMTP) server
  • smtp.yourdomain.com

Click Next.

NOTE: "smtp.yourdomain.com" is an SMTP relay server. In order to use this server to send e-mails, you must first activate SMTP relay on your e-mail account. Log on to your Manage Email Accounts page to set up SMTP relay. If you do not have SMTP relay set up and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) allows it, you can use the outgoing mail server for your Internet Service Provider. Contact your Internet Service Provider to get this setting.

Add Domain Info

6. In the Account Name and Password fields, enter your email address and password, and then click Next.

Add Account Details

7. On the setup confirmation page, click Finish.

Configure Outlook Express

8. On the Mail tab, select the account you just created, and then click Properties.

Outlook Mail Tab

9. Go to the Servers tab.

10. Select My server requires authentication, and then click Apply.

Add Server Authentication

11. Go to the Advanced tab.

12. In the Server Port Numbers section, change Outgoing mail (SMTP) to 25, and then click OK.

Add Server Details

13. (Optional) If you want to keep a copy of email messages stored on your email provider's servers, in the Delivery section, select Leave a copy of messages on server.

Your Outlook Express account is now set up. Click Close to close the Internet Accounts window and return to your Outlook Express.

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