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How to Set Up Outlook Express

How To Configure Outlook Express

Outlook Express allows you to send, receive, read, compose and organize your email. It is an email client, technically speaking. This article will help you to start using Outlook Express to send and receive email. If you have an AOL account, click here for instructions unique to your email.

When following this guide, keep in mind that your version of Outlook Express may differ from the instructions provided in this article. While the basic instructions are likely to work for most versions of Outlook Express, you may find that your menus, names, features and the layout differ from those shown in this article.

First of all, in order to send and receive e-mail, you must have an e-mail account with a service provider. Typically, whoever provides your internet access also provides your e-mail access. Your service provider must provide you with the following:

  • Your user name or user ID
  • Your email address
  • Your account password
  • The name of your outgoing (or SMTP) e-mail server
  • The name of your incoming (or POP) e-mail server

If you have all of this information, you are ready to proceed.

  1. From your Program Menu, start Outlook Express
  2. From the menu choose "Tools" and then choose "Accounts"
  3. Select the "Mail" tab, click on the "Add" button and select "Mail"
  4. For the "Display Name" use whatever name you would like people to see when they receive mail from you. You could use your name, nickname, company name or a witty saying. We recommend using your name. Click "Next"

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