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Set Up Outlook Express

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Before you get started setting up your email you will need some information from your Internet service provider (ISP). When you signed up for your email account your ISP probably gave you a username and password. You will need these to set up your email account. You also need a couple other things. There is

Setting Up Your Email

Open Outlook Express. In the menu at the top of the screen click on "Tools" then on "Accounts". In the top of the window that pops up there are tabs, click on the tab thats says "Mail". On the right side of this window are some buttons, click on the one that says "Add" and then on "Mail" in the menu that pops out.

Here are the things you will be entering into the Add Mail boxes:

  • Display Name: Put your name here. Enter it the way you want people to see it when you are sending them emails.
  • E-Mail Address: Enter your full email address the way someone would type it in to send you an email. Should look something like; myname@ispname.com .
  • My Incoming Server Is a: This should be POP3.
  • Incoming Mail Server: You should have received this information from your ISP. Check the paperwork you received when you signed up or call and ask them what it is. It should probably look something like this; mail.ispname.com .
  • Outgoing Mail Server: You also should have received this from your ISP when you signed up along with the incoming mail server. It should look something like this; mail.ispname.com or smtp.ispname.com .
  • Account Name: This is also known as "user name". It's a name you gave to your ISP when you signed up so you can access your email. It's probably the same as the first part of your email address, the part before the @ sign.
  • Password: You should have either picked a password when you signed up for your email account or been given a password, could be anything.
  • Remember Password: If you are the only one using your computer or you don't care if other people read your email then check this box. If you don't want other people being able to access your email then uncheck this box.
  • Log On Using Secure Password Authentication: If your ISP's instructions tell you to check this then check it, otherwise leave it unchecked.


Properties

After you have finished entering all your information and clicked the "Finish" button you will see your email listed in the "Mail" tab of the "Internet Accounts" box. Click on your email address to highlight it and then click on the properties button. Make sure you are in the "General" tab.

The very first thing you will see at the top of this box is the name of your email account. It probably has your ISP's incoming mail server name in here. You can change this to whatever you want. Call it "My email" if you want to. This is here to help you distinguish different email accounts from each other if you have more than one.

Next is you name. If you don't like the way it looks you can change it here. The next line says "Organization". If this is your personal email address you can just leave this blank. If this is a work or organization email address you can enter the name of the organization here.

Your email address is listed next followed by something called "Reply address". The reply address can be left blank if this is your only email address or you want replies to your email sent to this email address. If you have other email addresses and you receive your email at one but want replies sent somewhere else then enter the alternate email address here.

At the bottom it says "Include this account when receiving mail or synchronizing". This should be checked if you want your email to be checked automatically when you open Outlook Express or when you click the "Send/Recv" button. If you only want to check this email when you want and not automatically then make sure this is unchecked.

Click "OK" and then "Close" on the Internet Accounts" box and you are finished setting up your email. If you want to see if you have mail, click on the "Send/Recv" button at the top of Outlook Express".