Chapter 12. Outlook Express 6

Email is a fast, cheap, convenient communication medium; these days, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that you don’t have an email address. To spare you that humiliation, Windows XP includes Outlook Express 6, a program that lets you receive and send email messages and read newsgroups (Internet bulletin boards).


Outlook Express doesn’t work with online services like America Online or Prodigy. Instead, you’re supposed to check and send your email using the software you got when you signed up for these services.

To use Outlook Express, you need several technical pieces of information: an email address, an email server address, and an Internet address for sending email. Your Internet service provider is supposed to provide all of these ingredients.

Setting up Outlook Express

The first time you use Outlook Express (which you can open from the Start menu), the Internet Connection Wizard appears to help you plug in the necessary Internet addresses and codes that tell the program where to find your email.


If you used the New Connection Wizard (Section 10.2.2) to establish your Internet account, then your settings are probably already in place. In that case, you probably won’t see this Internet Connection Wizard; skip to the next section.

Click Next on each wizard window to step through the process, during which you’ll provide the following information:

  • Display Name. The name that will appear in the “From:” field of the email you send.

  • Email Address. The ...

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