Most webmail clients allow their users to connect to the mail server via third-party desktop e-mail clients. Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular desktop clients, and Microsoft typically includes a free version of it with each of its operating systems. To make use of Outlook, the client must be properly configured to retrieve e-mail. Doing so is fairly easy provided you obtain the correct settings.
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Things you need
- Webmail account
Gather the necessary settings from your e-mail service provider. Things you need to know include: the type of mail server used (POP3, IMAP, Exchange), the incoming server, the outgoing server, username and password and whether secure authentication is needed.
Select "Tools" > "Account Settings" > "Email" > "New."
Select the type of mail server from the drop-down list within the "Add New Email Account" window. Select "Next." Select "Manually Configure Server Settings" and select "Next."
Select "Internet Email," then "Next." Enter your full name and e-mail address in the corresponding text fields.
Enter your server information in the corresponding incoming and outgoing text fields.
Enter your username (typically your full e-mail address) and password in the corresponding text fields.
Select "Test Account Settings." Outlook will then double-check that it can make the connection using your settings. Select "Next," then "Finish" to complete the configuration of your webmail account in Microsoft Outlook.
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