Set up your email in Outlook Express

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Before you start

make sure you have signed up for an email address with a provider. This procedure only allows you to set up email accounts in Outlook Express for existing email addresses, it will not create new ones for you. If you don't have an address and would like a free one, you can sign up with Hotmail or Yahoo, or contact me and I will send you an invitation for a Google Mail account.

If you are following this procedure to allow you to receive Google mail into Outlook Express, make sure you log into your online account and set up the POP download first.

Right, let's get started.

Open Outlook Express.

On the top menu bar, click Tools then choose Accounts from the list of options

On the Internet Accounts screen, click the Mail tab at the top, then click Add button on the right. A white box will pop up, choose Mail from the list of options.

The Internet Connection Wizard will open. In the Display name box type your name the way you want recipients of your email to see it (it doesn't have to be your email address). Then click the Next button at the bottom

In the e-mail address box, enter your email address then click the Next button at the bottom

The next screen should read "My incoming mail server is a POP3 server." There are two boxes to complete here.

In "Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP, or HTTP) server:" type your domain name. Your host will have given you details of the exact format. Most require you to add mail. on the front so for example I would use

In "Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:" there are two possible options. If one doesn't work try the other.

If your Internet Service Provider allows you to send emails down their line using your domain name then type your domain name here.

Please note: If you connect to the Internet via BT Yahoo you must contact them and tell them the domain name you are intending to use so that they can add it to their white list.

If your Internet Service Provider blocks this then they should have given you an SMTP address to use in the information they provided when you signed up. It will usually take the format of smtp. followed by the their domain name. For example or

When you have finished, click the Next button at the bottom

On this screen enter your account name, this is your username and is more often than not your full email address. In the next box enter your password. Leave "Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)" unchecked. Click Next at the bottom.

That's it, it's all done. Click Finish to exit the Internet Connection Wizard.

You should be back at the Internet Accounts screen, where you can now see the account you just created. To create another account, repeat the above steps. To exit back to your inbox, click Close

Test the account to make sure it's all working by sending yourself an email from another account, or by getting someone else to do it. When you receive the mail, reply to it and check it arrives at the other end.