How to Retrieve My Outlook Express Emails

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How to Retrieve My Outlook Express Emails
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Outlook Express--Microsoft’s e-mail and newsgroup program--provides access to online e-mail services. The program works by retrieving e-mail messages from a specified e-mail address. You can set up more than one e-mail account to retrieve multiple account messages. In addition, the send and receive feature automatically downloads new messages. Outlook Express requires you to complete a set-up process to retrieve e-mails.

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    Collect required account information and open Outlook Express. Retrieve the following information from your Internet Service Provider or e-mail account company: type of e-mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP), incoming and outgoing e-mail servers, your password and account name, and secure password authentication information. Start Outlook Express by double-clicking the icon on your desktop or selecting the program from the “All Programs” menu.

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    Add an e-mail account. Click “Tools,” then click “Accounts” on the Tools menu. Click “Add,” then click “Mail.” Enter your name as you want it to appear to recipients of your e-mail messages in the “Your Name” text box. Click “Next.” This brings you to the “Internet E-mail Address” page.

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    Enter your e-mail address on the "Internet E-mail Address" page and click "Next." Enter your e-mail provider's incoming mail server in the "Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP)" text box. Enter your e-mail provider's outgoing mail server information in the "Outgoing mail (SMTP) server" text box and click "Next."

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    Enter the account name and password for your account. Click “Next” and then “Finish.” Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for any additional e-mail addresses.

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    Open your inbox. Once you have completed the initial set up, Outlook Express will download your e-mail to your desktop by way of your inbox. Click “Inbox” in the “Folders” portion of the Outlook Express screen. Outlook Express lists each e-mail received.

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    Open your e-mail. You can click an e-mail to preview the message in the preview pane. You can also double-click a message to view the message in a new window.

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    Send and receive e-mail. Click “Tools” on the menu bar and point to “Send and Receive.” Click “Receive all,” and Outlook Express automatically retrieves e-mail on your service provider's server.

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