Post Office Protocol (POP3) and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) are two of the most common platforms used by e-mail client programs, such as Outlook 2007. Although most e-mail providers, including AOL, support one or both platforms, there are unique benefits to using POP3 over IMAP. One such benefit is the fact that POP3 allows you to store your e-mails locally on your PC whereas IMAP stores e-mails on the server. Therefore, setting up your AOL e-mail as POP3 allows you to take advantage of this feature.
Open Outlook 2007, click “Tools” and then choose “Account settings.”
Select the “Email” tab and then click “New.”
Click the radio button next to “Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP” and then hit “Next.”
Enter your name, AOL address, and password in the “Your name,” “Email address,” “Password” and “Retype Password” fields, respectively.
Check the “Manually configure server settings or additional server types” check box and then click “Next.”
Select “Internet e-mail” from the list of options displayed on the “Add New e-mail Account” window and then choose “Next.” The Internet Email Settings window will open.
Scroll to the “Server Information” section, choose “POP3” from the “Account Type” drop-down menu and then type “pop.aol.com” and “smtp.aol.com” in the “Incoming mail server” and “Outgoing mail server (SMTP)” fields, respectively.
Click on “More settings,” select the “Outgoing server” tab and then check the “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” check box.
Open the “Advanced” tab, enter “587” in the Outgoing server (SMTP) box and then hit “OK.”
Choose “Next” and then choose “Finish.” You have successfully configured your AOL account in Outlook 2007 using POP3.