How Can I Set Up My Work Email With Outlook Express?

by Catherine Johnson

Desktop mail clients like Microsoft's Outlook Express offer the convenience of writing and reading emails directly on your computer. You can utilize the extensive tools in Outlook to customize your emails to look more professional, and you have a built-in backup system because a hard copy of all your business email conversations are stored directly on your computer. In just a few steps, you can easily set up your work email in Outlook Express and better manage all of your business correspondence.

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Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the person in charge of providing your Internet and email at work. Find out what type of email server your company uses: POP3 (most common), HTTP, or IMAP. You will also need to determine the name of the incoming email server, the name of the outgoing email server (for POP3 and IMAP accounts only), and whether or not your ISP requires a Secure Password Authentication (SPA) to access your account. Write all of this information down to use in setting up Outlook Express.

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Open Outlook Express. If the configuration wizard automatically starts, skip to the next step. Otherwise go to "Tools" on the navigational menu, and select "Accounts." Then click "Add" and choose "Mail."

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When the configuration wizard opens, type your name into the "Your Name" field. This name will be what everyone sees when they receive your email. Click "Next."

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Enter your email address on the next page. Click "Next." On the next page, you will need to enter the information your ISP or tech department provided to you. Select what type of mail server you have from the drop-down menu and input the addresses of your incoming and outgoing mail servers. Click "Next."

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Enter your account name and password. If you want Outlook Express to automatically send and retrieve your mail, leave the "Remember Password" box checked. If you are concerned about security, click the checkbox to clear it. Outlook Express will then prompt you for a password every time you send and retrieve mail.

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Click the "Next" button and then "Finish."

Tips

  • check Outlook Express offers extensive tips and troubleshooting topics. Go to the Help menu and search through the contents.
  • check Test your new email configuration by using Outlook Express to send a message to your personal email account or to a friend.

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About the Author

Catherine Johnson is a freelance writer and designer. Her writings on computer software, electronics, cooking, digital photography, home office productivity, organization, and online technologies have been published by Demand Studios, eHow, Bright Hub, and Associated Content. She has also produced award-winning graphic design, digital images, and websites since 2003.

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