How to set up additional email accounts

Updated March 23, 2017

E-mail accounts can be used for a variety of needs, including personal, business or other family members. Some choose to set up additional e-mail accounts to handle specific duties, thereby avoiding mixing e-mails for that purpose with personal e-mail. A user can set up additional e-mail accounts through the program for the primary account or through an online provider such as Yahoo, Microsoft or Google.

Choose from an online provider, such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail (see "Resources"), and go to the provider's home page.

Click the "Create New Account" button, or the button with similar wording depending on the provider, to set up an e-mail account. Provide your information, such as name and desired username.

Choose a password and answer a security question so you can recover the password if you forget it.

Enter an alternate e-mail address should you need a password sent to you.

Click "Submit" to create the email account. You can create as many additional accounts as desired using online providers such as Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo mail.

Chose an e-mail client such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Evolution.

Launch the email client.

Click "File." Click "Account Settings." Fill in the circle next to "Add New Email Account" in the next window.

Select POP3, IMAP or POP for your server type. Enter your full name and e-mail address. Your e-mail address and password are provided by your Internet Service Provider. Enter your incoming mail server. For (POP3) or POP the incoming mail server is For IMAP, it's

Enter your outgoing mail server. It's Go through the next window prompts entering your e-mail address as your username. Select the outgoing server tab and fill in the check box next to "My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication." Fill in the circle next to "Use the Same Settings as My Incoming Server." Enter 80 or 3535 for the Outgoing server (SMTP) port. Click Next. Verify your information. Click "Finish" to complete the set-up of your additional e-mail account.

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Based in Haddonfield, N.J., Liz Jacobs has been writing professionally since 2003. She started out writing for her school newspaper and since then has been published in "Philadelphia Magazine" and Progressive Business Publications. She also is an online content writer for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University.