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How Do I Check My Email From Another PC?

Updated February 21, 2017

There are two ways to check your e-mail even if you aren't at your home computer. If you use an e-mail program from Yahoo or Google you can check your e-mail from their website. This is also true for most e-mail customers of major providers like Verizon. You can always login to mail accounts on their websites. If you have some other e-mail provider that doesn't feature a web login option, you can temporarily program Outlook Express to download your e-mail.

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  1. Gather your e-mail username and your password. Find out from your e-mail provider what the port settings need to be configured to in order to receive mail from the domain server. You need the "incoming" and "outgoing" port settings and information as to whether the server requires "authentication."

  2. Open Outlook Express. Most Windows computers offer Outlook Express as a part of the Accessory bundle. Go to "Tools," "Accounts" and click on the "Add" tab and the "Mail" menu item.

  3. Type in your Display name and click "Next." Type in your e-mail address and click "Next." Type in your "Incoming" port configuration information. Example: "pop.1and1.com." Type in your "Outgoing" port information. Example: "smtp.1and1.com." Click "Next."

  4. Enter your account username, in this format: myname@mydomainname.com. Enter your password. Do not click the "Remember password" box. Since this is a temporary set-up, you don't want this password to be remembered for other users of the computer in the future. If your e-mail provider requires Secure Password Authentication (most do not), check "Log On Using SPA." Click "Next" and then "Finish" in the next screen. You should see your e-mail listed in the Accounts section now.

  5. Click "Send/Receive" and check your e-mail. You will have to type in your password first.

  6. Delete all incoming mail you receive after reading it, and then empty the Delete/Recycle bin before exiting the program. You don't want to leave old e-mails available for others to read.

  7. Delete your account settings from the computer before you leave it. Go back to "Tools" and "Accounts." Highlight your e-mail address and click "Remove." If you forget to do this, your password is not automatically entered so your information will be secure but it's still not a good idea to leave this information on someone else's computer.

  8. Tip

    Inform the owner of the computer, if possible, that you need to check your e-mail. It is bad form to simply "help yourself." When you Send/Receive for your mail, you may also capture mail meant for the owner. It is also bad form to read someone else's e-mail.

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Things You'll Need

  • E-mail domain server information
  • E-mail password

About the Author

A writer and entrepreneur for over 40 years, J.E. Myers has a broad and eclectic range of expertise in personal computer maintenance and design, home improvement and design, and visual and performing arts. Myers is a self-taught computer expert and owned a computer sales and service company for five years. She currently serves as Director of Elections for McLean County, Illinois government.

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