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Setting up your email with outlook express for Windows XP


Before you can use Outlook Express to send and receive e-mail, you will need to set up an account. You can have more than one account—for business, online shopping, and so on—and each person who uses your computer may have their own, completely separate account. Outlook Express gracefully handles it all.
Start Outlook Express
There are many ways to start Outlook Express, but here's a sure-fire way to find and start it.
1. Click the Start button.
2. Point to All Programs.
3. Click Outlook Express.
These first three steps are shown in the image below:
Opening Outlook Express from the Start menu

4. If asked whether you'd like to open this particular account automatically every time you start Outlook Express, click Yes (if you do) or No (if you don't).
If you don't want to be asked this question again, click to check the Always perform this check... box.
5. Check When Outlook Express starts, go directly to my Inbox.
Outlook Express directs all incoming mail to the Inbox, so it makes sense to bypass this opening page.
If you don't see the list of folders and contacts on the left, click Layout on the View menu. Click Contacts and Folder List to check them, and then click OK.
The Internet Connection Wizard makes short work of setting up your online mailbox by walking you through each step for every e-mail account you set up.
1. Before you get going, make sure you know your email address along with the following information. (You may need to contact your ISP, Internet Service Provider, to get it.)
First, information about the e-mail servers:
  • The type of e-mail server you use: POP3 (most e-mail accounts), HTTP (such as Hotmail), or IMAP
  • The name of the incoming e-mail server:
  • For POP3 and IMAP servers, the name of the outgoing e-mail server (generally SMTP)

    Second, information about your account:
  • Your account name and password
    (For some solid advice about making a secure password, read the Create strong passwords article.
  • Find out if your ISP requires you to use Secure Password Authentication (SPA) to access your e-mail account—yes or no is all that's required. It is not required in this case.
2. Start Outlook Express, and on the Tools menu, click Accounts.
If the Internet Connection Wizard starts up automatically, skip ahead to step 4.
3. Click Add, and then click Mail to open the Internet Connection Wizard.
4. On the Your Name page of the wizard, type your name as you want it to appear to everyone who gets e-mail from you, and then click Next.
Most people use their full name, but you can use any name—even a nickname—that people will recognize.
5. On the Internet Explorer Address page, type your e-mail address, and then click Next.
6. On the E-mail Server Names page, fill in the first block of information that you gathered from your ISP in step 1, and then click Next.
7. On the Internet Mail Logon page, type your account name and password.

Internet Connection Wizard's Internet Mail Logon
Note: If you're concerned about break-ins to your e-mail, click to clear the check in the Remember Password box. You'll then be prompted for the password each time you send or retrieve mail.
8. Click Next, and then click Finish.
You're ready to send your first e-mail!
The e-mail that you get in a Hotmail account and other Web-based accounts is not stored on your hard disk, but is kept on the account-provider's computer. That's what makes it possible to access your account from any computer in the world over the Internet. Here's how you set yourself up.
1. Go to the Web site and follow the setup instructions—for example, for Hotmail.
2. Set up Outlook Express to use the account, by following the instructions above in Set up an Outlook Express e-mail account.
Tip:If you share your computer with someone else, take advantage of Fast User Switching. A feature of Windows XP, it lives up to its name by enabling you to switch among users on a single computer without closing any programs you are running or logging off.
    • To turn Fast User Switching on, open User Accounts in Control Panel. Click Change the way users log on or off. Make sure the Use Fast User Switching box is checked.
    • Then, to switch users, click Start, click Log off and then click Switch User. On the Welcome screen, click the user account you want to switch to. That's it!
In closing, Outlook Express works just as all other Windows programs do. On the File menu, click Exit. Tip: For a fast way out, press ALT+F4
This tutorial will help you set up the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client to work with your e-mail account.
To Set Up Your E-mail Account in Mozilla Thunderbird
1. In Mozilla Thunderbird, select Tools > Account Settings.
2. Select "Email account " and click Next.
3. Enter your name and e-mail address.

4. Select "POP" as the type of incoming server you are using. Your incoming server is Click Next.
4. Enter your e-mail address for the "Incoming User Name," and "Outgoing User Name." Click Next.
5. Enter a name for your e-mail account and click Next.
Note: incoming and outgoing mail fields are both
6. Verify your account information and click Finish.
7. In the Account Settings window, select "Outgoing Server" listed below your new account.
8. Enter "" for the "Server Name" and change the "Port" setting to 80.
NOTE: "" is an SMTP relay server. In order to use this server to send e-mails, you must first activate SMTP relay on your e-mail account. Log on to your Manage Email Accounts page to set up SMTP relay. If you do not have SMTP relay set up and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) allows it, you can use the outgoing mail server for your Internet Service Provider. Contact your Internet Service Provider to get this setting.
9. Select "Use name and password" and enter your e-mail address. Thunderbird will ask you for your password the first time you try to send mail. Click OK.
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