Outlook Express

Configuring Outlook Express

There are three sections:

Starting Outlook Express for the first time……………………………….pg.1 Getting Outlook to work with Hotmail…….……………………………..pg.2 Configuring Outlook if you have previously tried to configure it………..pg.3 Starting outlook for the first time:

There are three main steps

Answering a series of questions outlook asks Changing your root folder in the IMAP settings afterwards Importing your address book


If outlook just starts without trying to ask you a bunch of questions, you need to go to the next bold section (pg. 2) about Configuring Outlook. Do not use POP3. It’s a good way to loose mail.

Step 1: Outlook will ask you a series of questions.

Your Name: (easy enough to remember) Your Email Address: such as smith@ohiou.edu Email Server Names: The incoming mail server is an: IMAP server Incoming mail server: oak.cats.ohiou.edu Outgoing mail server: oak.cats.ohiou.edu Internet mail logon: If your address is smith@ohiou.edu, your logon name is smith Your password was given to you by CS when you were hired and only they can reset it or tell you what it is. Click Finish Select No about downloading your folders from the mail server. (We need to change the root folder setting to be compatible with the mainframe)

Step 2: Change your root folder.

Go to the Tool menu and select Accounts Select the Mail tab at the top and double click on the server (oak.cats.ohiou.edu in this case) In the new window, select the IMAP tab at the top In the Root Folder Path box type inbox Click OK and then Close Select Yes to refreshing your folder list

Step 3: Importing your address book

On the File menu, select Import, then Address Book Click the Desktop Icon on the left and double click on the address book on your desktop.

Making Hotmail work with Outlook Express

To add a hotmail account:

If you haven’t run outlook before, you can follow along as in the first section with a couple of exceptions.

Internet Email Addess: Put in your hotmail address (e.g. smith@hotmail.com Do not chage the Email Server Names: (Outlook chooses HTTP automatically) Download your folders when it asks you, you do not need to change the root folder as with oak

To add Hotmail after you have configured oak:

Select Tools and then Accounts Click the Add button and select Mail Follow along as above

Configuring Outlook if you have previously tried to configure it

You can change the configuration in two ways.

Add a new mail account Configure an account that already exists


If you are actually receiving mail in the Local Folders – Inbox (other than the generic welcome to outlook message) you are using a POP3 account. This is a bad idea, mainly because you will loose you mail. If you have previously added a POP3 account, and it works, do not delete it. Add your oak account under method 2 below and then move your mail between the folders back onto the mail server. If you have previously added an IMAP account, but it does not work right, delete it and add a new mail account as described in section 1 below. Deleting a mail account will not affect your address book.

Method 1: Add a new mail account

Go to the Tool menu and select Accounts Select the Mail tab at the top Click the Add button on the right and select Mail

This will launch the same process as if you have never started outlook before in the process described on the first page.

Method 2: Configure an existing account

Go to the Tool menu and select Accounts Select the Mail tab at the top Double click on the server you wish to configure (such as oak.cats.ohiou.edu)

You are now presented with the properties page for the mail server you have chosen. There are six sections


This info is self explanatory and does not affect your ability to send or receive mail. Servers:

If the page does not say your incoming mail server is not an IMAP server, you must delete the account and start over. You must select IMAP when you create an account. Incoming and Outgoing servers must say oak.cats.ohiou.edu Your account name and password should be familiar by now Do not select the Secure password or Authentication check boxes Connection:

Check mark the Always connect box and make sure it says Local Area Network (mostly for superstitions sake) Security:

No settings here need to be adjusted (they should all be blank except the algorithm box for 3des) Advanced:

Outgoing mail is on port 25 Incoming mail on port 143 Do not select any check boxes IMAP:

Type the word inbox in the root folder path box Make sure both boxes are checked Sent Items path should say Sent Items Drafts path should say Drafts

Click OK then Close

You will want to import your address book as described in step three on the first page if you haven’t already.