How to Set Up An Email Address in Microsoft Outlook Express 6

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  1. First, open Microsoft Outlook Express.  If there is not an icon on your desktop, simply click on Start, then click on Programs (or All Programs, depending on your configuration).  It should appear on this list.  If the list is very short, you likely have what is called “Personalized Menus” enabled.  If this is the case, simply click on the down arrow at the bottom to display the entire list.
  2. Once Outlook Express is open, the Internet Connection Wizard will open if this is your first time setting it up for email.
  3. If the Internet Connection Wizard does not appear, click on “Tools” at the top of the screen, then click on “Accounts.”
  4. Click on the “Add” button, then on “Mail.”  If the wizard opened when you started Outlook Express, you will not need to follow this step.
  5. The Internet Connection Wizard will first ask for the Display Name.  In most cases, this will be either your full name or your business name.  When you send an email to someone, this is the text that will appear in the “From:” field.  When you are finished, click “Next.”
  6. Now it will ask for your email address.  This will be provided to you by your Internet or email provider, be it Gmail, Comcast, AOL, or otherwise.  When you are finished, click “Next.”
  7. This next screen is where most people encounter problems.  You should have already obtained all the necessary information from your Internet Service Provider.  First, set the type of email server your provider is using.  In most cases, this will be POP3.
  8. Next, enter the server names for your incoming and outgoing mail servers.  Remember that this is case-sensitive, so be careful to enter them correctly.  When you are finished, click “Next.”
  9. Almost done now.  On this next screen, enter the account name and password for your email account.  In most cases, the account name will be your email address, either partial or in full.
  10. Unless you want to type in your password every time you check your email, make sure to check the “Remember Password” checkbox.  As to whether you need to click the “Secure Password Authentication (SPA)” box, that information should be provided by your email provider.  When you are finished, click “Next.”
  11. Click “Finish.”  Congratulations!  You’re all done.


  • You can set up more than one email address.
  • If you choose to set up more than one email address, unless you set them up under different Identities, the messages for all of your email addresses will all appear in the same inbox.
  • In a few cases, your Internet Service Provider will require a few more advanced settings to complete the setup of your email address.  If your email does not work properly after completing these steps, contact your Internet provider for more information.

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