Chapter 3. Working with Email Accounts


  • Understanding email accounts

  • Setting up your email accounts

  • Modifying account settings

  • Using profiles

Before you can send and receive email using Outlook, you must set up at least one email account. When you set up an email account, you provide Outlook with the information it needs to connect to your online email account. Many people have just one account, but Outlook can work with multiple email accounts too.

Many people find that once their email account is set up they never have to make changes to the settings. Sometimes, however, making changes is required—and this chapter explains how to do this as well.

Setting Up Your Email Accounts

Before you can use Outlook to send and receive email, you must set your email account. You can have more than one account—you'll follow the same steps for each one. There are two parts to this.

First, your account must be set up on the server or at your ISP. This is not done in Outlook. If your account is at your workplace it will likely have been set up by an IT person and he or she will have provided you with the required information such as your email address and password. If you are setting up a home or small business account, you may be doing this yourself. The details depend on your ISP so I cannot provide instructions, but as part of the process you will either specify or be given your email address and password.

Second, you must set up your account in Outlook. This process provides Outlook with ...

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