How to Set Up Email

by Ruri Ranbe
Image courtesy of Microsoft.

To set up your account in Microsoft Outlook, you need to provide the email client with the addresses of, and the connection settings for, the incoming and outgoing mail servers. The address of the servers, however, changed when SBC Communications Inc. acquired AT&T Corp.; "," for example, is no longer valid. Outlook must instead communicate with AT&T's servers to access new messages in your mailbox and deliver the emails you send to the appropriate recipients.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook, select the "File" tab, and then click the "Add Account" button to run Add Account Setup.

Step 2

Select "Manual Setup or Additional Server Types," and then click "Next." Select "POP or IMAP" on the Choose Service page, and then click "Next."

Step 3

Enter your name and email address into the appropriate fields, and then choose "POP3" from the "Account Type" drop-down menu.

Step 4

Enter "" (without quotations here and in all other entry fields) into the Incoming Mail Server field and "" into the Outgoing Mail Server field.

Step 5

Re-enter your email address into the User Name field, and then type your sign-in password into the Password field.

Step 6

Click the "More Settings" button, select the "Outgoing Server" field, and then check "My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication."

Step 7

Select the "Advanced" tab, check "This Server Requires an Encrypted Connection (SSL)," and then enter "995" into the "Incoming Server (POP3)" field.

Step 8

Enter "465" into the "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" field, and then select "SSL" from the "Use the Following Type of Encrypted Connection" drop-down menu.

Click "OK," then "Next" to configure the mailbox. Click "Finish," then "Close" to exit the wizard.


  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Outlook 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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  • Image courtesy of Microsoft.

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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