How to Set Up Microsoft Outlook E-mail

by Tricia Goss

Using Microsoft Outlook as your email client is an effective way to keep your business organized. If you have recently installed Outlook and have never used it on your current computer or even if you want to set up a new email account in the program, you can use the Auto Account Setup wizard to add one or several email addresses to your Outlook inbox.

1

Click the Start button and type "Outlook" into the search box. Click on "Microsoft Outlook 2010" under Programs to start the email client.

2

Click "Next" on the Startup box that appears if you have not yet used Outlook. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to add an account and then click "Next." If Outlook opens without displaying the Startup window, click the "File" tab and click the "Add Account" button under Account Information.

3

Type your name as you want it to appear to recipients. Enter your complete email address including the domain into the email box, such as "joansmith@email.com." Type your password into both the Password and Retype Password boxes. Click "Next."

4

Click "Install Now" if you are adding a Hotmail, Windows Live or Outlook.com email account and are prompted to install Outlook Connector. Click "Run" and choose the "Click Here to Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms" check box. Click "Continue" and select "Cancel" to close the window after the connector is installed. Restart Outlook and resume setup.

5

Click "Finish" if Outlook is able to automatically configure your account. If not, select the "Manually Configure Server Settings" check box and enter the server information provided by your Internet service provider or your company's network administrator. Click "Finish" when the account is successfully added to complete setup.

Tips

  • check If your email provider limits your storage, you may want to use the POP3 protocol so that your email is not stored on your email provider's server.
  • check If you use the IMAP protocol, make sure to delete your trash on a regular basis so you do not exceed your email provider's storage quota.

About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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