Set Up E-mail with Microsoft Outlook Express using IMAP

Follow the steps below to sync your E-mail with Microsoft Outlook Express using IMAP protocol.

Outlook Express was included with Windows operating systems from Windows 95 up until Windows XP. Beginning with Windows Vista, Outlook Express was replaced with Windows Mail. Beginning with Windows 7, Windows Mail was replaced with Windows Live Mail.

If your computer is not running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, or Windows XP, please review the List of E-mail Programs that may be compatible with your operating system.

Step 1: Launch Outlook Express from the Start menu on your computer and then select Tools - > Accounts

Step 2: Click the Add button and select Mail

Step 3: Enter your Display name. The display name is the name that will appear when others receive mail from your account. Click the Next button to continue.

Step 4: Enter your E-mail address in the text box and click the Next button. 

Step 5: 

  • From the drop-down box, select IMAP as the e-mail account type.
  • Type as the Incoming mail server address.
  • Type as the Outgoing mail server address. 
  • Click the Next button to continue.

Step 6: Enter your full e-mail address as the Account name and enter the e-mail account's Password that was setup with the account. If you do not want to enter your e-mail account's password every time you send or check your mail, make sure that the Remember password check box is selected.

Click the Next button to proceed. 

Step 7: Click the Finish button to exit the wizard. 

Step 8: Make sure to select the newly added account we've just set up and click the Properties button.

Step 9: Click the servers tab at the top of the new window that opens.

Step 10: Check the box for My server requires authentication and then click the Settings button.

Step 11: Make sure that Use same settings as my incoming mail server is selected and then click the OK button.

Step 12: Click the Advanced tab.

Step 13: 

  • Enter port number 26 as the Outgoing mail (SMTP) port
  • Enter port number 143 as the Incoming mail (IMAP) port
  • When finished, click the OK button to save your changes.    

Step 14: Click the Close button to close out the accounts window. 

Step 15: A new window appears asking Would you like to download folders from the mail server you added? Click the Yes button.

Step 16: A list of all mail folders are displayed. All mail folders are set to visible by default however you can select mail folders you wish to hide. We will leave all mail folders visible by simply clicking the OK button and taking no other action. 

You will see the account added on the left-hand side of the Outlook Express window. Setup is complete!

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