How To Configure Outlook Express

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These instructions are for Outlook Express 5.5 and 6.0. In the screenshots below, you should use your real name and username in place of mine.

Setting up an Account in Outlook Express

  • From the 'Tools' Menu, select the 'Accounts' menu item. The 'Internet Accounts' dialog box will appear.
  • Click on the 'Add' button and select 'Mail...'.
  • The Wizard will step you through the process of creating an email account. Unfortunately, the Wizard is not sufficiently intelligent to help you set up your account to use SSL-enabled services like SMTPS, IMAPS, or POP3S.
  • Once the Wizard is finished, your new account will appear in the list of accounts in the 'Internet Accounts' dialog box. Select the new account and click on the 'Properties' button. Make the various tabs look like the screen shots below (choose the appropriate set).
  • Close all the windows by clicking OK or Close, and restart Outlook Express (just to be on the safe side).

Using Outlook Express with SMTPS and IMAPS

Account Settings - General Tab

Oe general imap.png

Account Settings - Servers Tab

Oe servers imap.png

Account Settings - Advanced Tab

Oe advanced imap.png

Account Settings - IMAP Tab

Oe imap.png


  1. You may get a message "Fatal error: no directory: Maildir" until you receive your first email.
  2. The use of Outlook Express is prefered over Outlook for the following reasons:
  • Outlook Express supports many of the enhanced IMAP features
  • Outlook doesn't allow to delete folders under the IMAP folder tree

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