Setting up new email accounts in Outlook Express - 10 Steps
Without further ado, let us look at the steps which we need to follow
for setting up an email account in Outlook Express.
Note: When you open Outlook Express for the first time, you might be
asked if you want to set it as a default email client on your system.
Make sure you answer in the affirmative.
- Start Outlook Express. Click on Tools in the menu
bar and then go to Accounts
- This brings up the Internet Accounts pop-up window.
Click on the Mail tab, to bring it to the front if it
is not already so. If you are starting Outlook Express for the first
time, there would not be any email accounts listed on this window.
- To add a new mail account, click on the Add button
and then on Mail as shown in the image below.
- This brings up the Internet Connection Wizard pop-up window. Enter
your name in the Display Name field and click on the Next
- The wizard now asks for your email address. Enter the full email
address and click on the Next button.
- In the next window, you need to feed in three important bits of
information - the incoming and outgoing email servers
and the type of the incoming email server.
It is likely that the incoming email server is POP3. The incoming and
outgoing email servers can be yourdomain.com, mail.yourdomain.com
or any other value depending on how the email server has been
If you are a beginner, you might not know what the incoming and outgoing
servers mean. It is not important at this stage to know the meaning;
you simply need to know their values. Call up your I.S.P. and
ask them to provide the information.
I know that the email accounts at my domain www.BiotechDesk.com are
all POP3. Additionally, the incoming and outgoing email servers are the
same - biotechdesk.com.
- The last information that you need to enter to complete the setup of
the new account is the username and password for that email account.
These login details would have been given to you by your ISP or you would
have set these online using a control panel.
After completing the fields for Account Name and Password,
click on the Next button.
- In the following window, click on the Finish button
to complete the process of setting up a new email account in Outlook
- You will now see the new email account has been added to the Accounts
list. The account is referred by its server name.
- To compose a new email click on the Create Mail
button or click on Messages - New Message. This opens a
blank email for you. Enter the senders email address, subject and the
When you have composed your email, click on the File - Send
Message. The email will be sent and a copy stored in the Sent
You can create several email accounts in Outlook Express. So if you
have 6 email accounts on your web site, you can set up all these.
As I mentioned in point #9 (above), Outlook Express will refer to an
email account by its server name. So if you have several email accounts
on your domain, they would be referred to as yourdomain.com(1)
etc. (or something similar). To make this
more user friendly, Outlook Express gives you the option of changing
Open the Internet Accounts
pop-up once again by
clicking on Tools
and then Accounts
Make sure the Mail
tab is in the front. Double-click on
the account name. This brings up the Properties
of that account. Enter any descriptive name in the first field, as
shown in the image below.