How to Access Outlook Express Online

Outlook Express is an e-mail client by Microsoft that accompanies Internet Explorer, as well as many other Microsoft Web browsers. A particularly convenient feature that is offered by Outlook Express is the ability to access your e-mail account regardless of what computer you are using.

To take advantage of this feature and gain access to your Outlook Express account online, you need to configure your account using a Web-based e-mail client (e.g., Hotmail, Gmail, etc).

Launch Outlook Express from your computer desktop by double-clicking on the program icon.

Select the "Tools" drop-down menu and then open "Email Accounts."

Left-click on the "Add a new e-mail account" option when the "Email Accounts Wizard" appears.

Press "Next" to proceed.

Select your e-mail server type and then press "Next" to proceed.

Fill out your personal information (e-mail address, name, etc.) and then select the "More Settings..." option.

Open the "Outgoing Server" tab and then left-click on "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication."

Open the "Advanced" tab and then type "80" or "3535" in the "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" box.

Press "OK" to exit the "More Settings..." window.

Make sure all of your e-mail information is correct in the final window and then click "Finish" to create your Web-based Outlook Express account.