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How to Set Up Outlook to Receive My Email

Updated July 20, 2017

Microsoft Outlook is the email and contact management software in the Microsoft Office set of productivity programs. In order for Outlook to be useful, it needs to be configured to automatically download and send e-mail messages with your e-mail account. The newer versions of Outlook automate a large portion of the process, making it very easy to set up an e-mail account. You will need your account name (often your e-mail address) and password to set up Outlook.

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  1. Start Microsoft Outlook.

  2. Click on "Tools" and then "Email Accounts" if you are not prompted to set up Outlook when you start it. Clicking "Add Account" will take you to the same location as if you were prompted at start-up.

  3. Enter your name in the box that says "Name."

  4. Type your e-mail address in the "Email Address" box.

  5. Type your password into the "Password" and "Retype Password" boxes. Click "Next."

  6. Click "Finish" once Outlook has connected to the server and configured itself.

  7. Tip

    If you have a custom e-mail server, Outlook may fail to synchronise itself properly. If this occurs, click on the "Manually configure server settings" box and verify that the information is correct for your e-mail server.

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