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Configure outlook express 2003, 2007, 2010

by MagicHost on November 2nd, 2011

Using Outlook Express for the emails gives you very good control over multiple email accounts. There are really nice advantages of using outlook as your primary email client.

Advantages of using Email Clients

  • Really saves a lot of time
  • Does not require frequent log-ins
  • You can use multiple accounts (i.e multiple emails accounts from multiple domains)
  • You can configure your accounts from popular email service providers such as GMail, Yahoo, etc.
  • You get very handy formatting options, as outlook is really nicely integrated with MS-Office software tools such as Word, Excel, Power point, etc.
  • Get alerts to get notified for new emails
  • Create rules to send mails to appropriate folders

However there are alternatives available as well for Outlook Express such as Mozilla Thunderbird which is an open source software and it is absolutely free to use.


Steps to configure Outlook Express

  1. Start Outlook Express. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. In the Internet Accounts dialog box, click Add, and then click Mail.
  3. In the Display name box, type the name that you want others to see when you send a message, and then click Next.
  4. In the E-mail address box, type the e-mail address for the account that you are using (for example,, and then click Next.
  5. Under E-mail Server Names, click the appropriate incoming e-mail server type (Post Office Protocol version 3 [POP3] is the default type). You can choose between POP3 and IMAP, there is are few really important differences between them you can check those differences here and take a call on select which protocol you should your for your setup.
  6. For our example we will use, POP3 as the protocol, enter the Incoming mail server as If you selected IMAP as the incoming mail server, then the mail server you need to use is The SMTP server address in any case will be entered as Once this is done, click Next.
  7. Type your complete email address and password in the Account name and Password boxes respectively and then click Next.
  8. The next window that you see reads “Congratulations, you have successfully entered all of the information required to set up your account.” To save these settings, click Finish.
  9. Now as your account is setup, you can just press F9 key (short cut for send/receive) and see if this works
  10. If in case send receive gives some errors, it is likely that you need to change the port numbers, as usually the shared hosting environments do not set the standard port numbers for security reasons.
  11. For MagicHost Users your check your correct settings on this page
  12. Now to rectify and fix these errors open the Internet Accounts dialog box referring to steps 1 and 2. In the Mail view, you will see the Account you have just added. Now you need to click Properties.
  13. Under the Servers tab, you need to check the checkbox My server requires authentication placed under Outgoing Mail Server. Once this is done, click Apply and close the Internet Accounts dialog box.
  14. Now under Send/Receive button, click on Send and Receive All and the mails will be download and visible when you click on Inbox which is located in the List of Local Folders as shown below.
  15. In case your ISP has blocked port 25 , you can alternatively use port 2525 for sending mails.
  16. Select the email account you wish to modify and click Properties.
  17. Under the Advanced tab, replace the default port number 25 with the alternate port number 2525 in the field provided for Outgoing mail (SMTP).
  18. Click OK and then Close to save the changes.

We hope you find this article useful for configuring your outlook express account. You can post use comments if you have any questions or comments.


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