Outlook Express is the default email client on Windows, before the release of Vista. Take advantage of the free email client by configuring your webmail or ISP account to send and receive email rather than navigating the web portal. Using Outlook Express' account wizard, configuring the application is a breeze, provided you know the correct settings.
Collect your email account information. View your email provider's help files. You need to know the type of email server, the incoming and outgoing servers, and whether you need to use a secure authentication.
Open Outlook Express. Select "Tools > Accounts."
Select "Add > Mail." Enter your name in the text field. This will be displayed with all your outgoing email. Select "Next."
Enter your email address in the text field. Select "Next."
Choose your email service provider's mail server type from the drop-down menu. Enter the "Incoming mail server" in the corresponding text field. Enter the "Outgoing mail server" in the corresponding text field. Select "Next."
Enter your account name and password. In many cases, your full email address is needed for the account name. Refer to your particular provider's help files. Select "Next." Select "Finish." Outlook Express is now properly configured to retrieve and send email using your email address. Allow Outlook a few minutes to download your emails.
- email image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com