How to setup Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to send and receive email

Microsoft Outlook Express is an email client that is included with most versions of Windows. It can be configured to retrieve and send email from most email accounts, including Comcast and Qwest DSL accounts. Although this page deals with Outlook Express 6, other versions of Outlook Express are similar in setup. Please note that some ISP's may require additional steps to access email through their system.

To set up Outlook Express, you need to create an account in Outlook Express to download and send emails.

  • Open Outlook Express by double-clicking the Outlook Express icon.


  • Click on Tools in the menu bar and then click on Accounts.



  • The Internet Accounts pop-up window appears.

  • Click on the Mail tab. If you are starting Outlook Express for the first time, there will not be any email accounts listed on this window.

  • To add a new mail account, click Add > Mail.

  • The Internet Connection Wizard pop-up window will appear.

  • On the Your Name page of the wizard enter your name in the Display name field as you would like it to appear on your outgoing e-mail messages.

  • Click Next to continue.



  • The Internet Connection Wizard will now ask for your email address.

  • Type in your full e-mail address, as supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) on the Internet E-mail Address screen.

  • Click Next to continue.



  • In the next window, you need to enter the incoming and outgoing email servers and the type of the incoming email server.
  • On the E-mail Server Names screen, select POP3 from the drop down list.

  • For the Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server, enter the incoming mail server name supplied by your ISP.

  • For the Outgoing mail (SMTP) server, enter the outgoing mail server name supplied by your ISP.

  • Click Next to continue.




  • On the Internet Mail Logon screen, next to Account name: and Password: enter the user name and password supplied by your ISP.
  • Check the Remember password box if you want Outlook Express to remember your password.

  • Click Next, then click Finish.






  • Although the Internet Connection Wizard has collected the basic information needed to receive email, you still need to complete a a few other steps to send email through the mail servers of your ISP.
  • In the Internet Accounts window, select the mail account you just created and click "Properties.

  • In the Properties window, select the Servers tab.

  • Place a check in the My server requires authentication option.

  • Click the Settings button.


  • In the Outgoing Mail Server box that appears, select Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
  • Click OK.



  • Click Close from the Internet Accounts window to return to the main Outlook Express window.
  • You have now successfully set up the Outlook Express account for email.