Configure Email Account in Microsoft Outlook Express

Setting up Outlook Express with Gmail

Follow it carefully you should have no problems at all.

From the main menu select Tools and then Accounts.

outlook express tools accounts

In the window that will open select Add button and then click on Mail.

accounts add email account

The wizard will open. First, it will ask you for your name so enter it. This name will be displayed as the From name when the others receive an email from you. Click Next to continue.

wizard enter your name

The following step is entering your email address. Enter your Gmail address into this box. The address is in form where username is the actual username you use to log in to the Gmail. For this example we use john.smith as the username.

wizard enter your email address

On the next step Outlook Express asks you for the POP3 and SMTP servers. Type for the POP3 server and for the SMTP server.

wizard enter pop3 and smtp server

In the next step, enter your email address as Account name and your password in the password box. Typing only username without suffix will also work but Google seems to prefer the first version. Make sure that the Remember password box is checked.

wizard account name and password

Finally, press Next and the wizard will finish. Press Finish button to close it.

You should be back at the Internet Accounts window now. Make sure that the new account that has just been created is selected. If it is not, click on it. Then select Properties on the right side of the window.

internet accounts gmail properties

Properties window opens. Click on the Servers tab first. Make sure you check the My server requires authentication box.

gmail server properties and authentication

Next, go to the Advanced tab.

Step 1. Check the 2 boxes called This server requires a secure connection (SSL)

Step 2. Type in the port numbers in the boxes - 465 for the SMTP box and 995 for the POP3 box.

Do it in the above order otherwise when you check the SSL checkbox Outlook Express may switch the ports back to their defaults. No big deal as you may type them again but you may accidentally close this window with incorrect port numbers. This way you won't. Double check the port numbers to make sure they are correct.

gmail smtp and pop3 port settings

Click OK button to close the window. You have successfully configured your Gmail account. You may now use this account to send and to receive emails. 

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