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AOL Email Set Up With Outlook Express

Updated on July 8, 2013

Email Terminology

Email Client
This is a program used to access and manage a persons email account(s).
Incoming Mail
This is the term for email that has been sent TO you.
Installed Email Client
This is a program already installed in your computer when you purchased it or you installed it yourself.
Mail Server
Your mail server is the website that has your email account. IE: If is your email address, then is your mail server.
This is the name for your outgoing mail in set up. IE:
Web Based Client Server
This is an email client that is a website instead of an installed program on your computer.

Email is a Must Have

In this world we live in email has become an essential part of living. Right up there in importance with the car and food for sustenance, email is an essential part of life.

It's not uncommon for one person to have several email address's. For myself, I have an email that I give to family and friends and an email I use for signing up and those pesky opt-in forms. Instead of checking each email account at the source, IE: logging into to check email I use an email client. An email client is set up once usually. Once you enter your email address and their corresponding passwords the email client will collect your email from each account and present it to you in one window making it easier to read, delete or create email.

Next to cellular phones, email is the source of communication used the most. The old days of actually sitting down with pen and paper have gone. Now, if we want to communicate a thought or information we use email. This is great. We can save a few trees and reduce our trash output! But what if you have been riding in the slow lane of the age of information and never set up an email client? Or maybe it's been years since you needed to set one up?

This hub will help you change lanes into the email information age lane, or remind you how you did it years ago. With simple, easy to follow directions and complimentary photo's, you can see what it may look like on your screen as you enter the information. This hub covers client servers Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail. The tutorial and pictures will be from a computer running Windows 7 and the preloaded mail client program Windows Mail.

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Set Up AOL Email With Outlook Express

  1. Open Outlook Express. If you are using Windows 7 just click on the Start button at the bottom left of the page. Then scroll to Outlook Express and click on it.
  2. On the menu at the top of the Outlook Express window select Tools, under Tools select Accounts.
  3. Select Add. Then click on Mail.
  4. Type your name into the space, click next.
  5. Enter your AOL address (ex., click next.
  6. My incoming mail server is a ______ server, should have IMAP checked.
  7. Incoming pop server (pop3 or IMAP) field enter:
  8. Outgoing mail server field enter: , click next.
  9. In the Account Name space type your AOL screen name (ex.
  10. In the Password field enter your password, click next.
  11. Click Finish and you're done with this part.

Now the set up is complete you need to do some fine tuning with authentication and ports.

Setting Port & Authentication

  1. Open the Internet Accounts window and highlight
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click on the Servers tab.
  4. Under Out Going Mail Server make sure that My Server Requires Authentication has a check mark.
  5. Select the Advanced tab.
  6. In Outgoing Mail (smtp) server port number enter: 587
  7. Now select the IMAP tab and make sure the Store Special Folders on IMAP Server is NOT checked. Click OK.
  8. Click on close.

You should receive a prompt to Download Folders From AOL select Yes to start downloading your email folders from AOL and you are set up/

Web Based Email Clients (email reader)

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