Outlook Express Configuration for Windows 98

Outlook Express 6 is meant to be a universal e-mail and messaging client, offering access to e-mail and usenet services, including HTML mail that can have all of the features and vulnerabilities of pages in Internet Explorer. For that reason, we can only recommend it as your main email package if you regularly go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and apply all of the Security updates.

Setting Up Your E-mail

To begin, select Outlook Express from the Start Menu (second from the top on the left).

Next, the Internet Connection. Wizard. will start. On the first panel, enter your name the way you want it to appear at the top of your email messages. Then click on the [Next] button at the bottom right.

On the second panel, enter, as your email address, username@albedo.net, where username is the name you enter along with your password to connect to the internet. Click on the [Next] button to continue.

On the next panel, enter, in both of the text boxes, mail.albedo.net. Click on the [Next] button to continue.

On the next panel, enter, beside Username:, your username. If you do not want to enter your password each time you start Outlook Express, and are not worried that someone could sit down at your computer and send email impersonating you, you can enter it on this panel too. Click on the [Next] button to continue.

On the last panel, all you need to do is click on the [Finish] button.

Now Outlook Express will start. If you are not already connected to the internet, do so now (instructions are on the previous page).

Testing Your E-mail

To make sure that your Outlook Express 6 e-mail is working, you should try it out by sending email to yourself and replying to it. Start by clicking on the [Create Mail] button (below the file menu).

Beside To:, enter you email address, username@albedo.net, Beside Subject:, enter Test (you should always include a subject for all email you send).

Now press the [Send] button at the upper left.

When you see the main Outlook Express window again, click on the [Send/Recv] button (under the Tools menu) to check for the message you just sent.

You will see a dialog box while Outlook Express checks for and retrieves your email.

After that, you will see a new message in your Inbox, subject: Test.

Now, click on the [Reply] button (under the Tools menu).

Another message creation window will appear, with the To: and Subject: lines already filled in.

Click on the [Send] button.

Click on the [Send/Recv] button again (this time it will be way over to the right).

You will see another dialog box while Outlook Express checks for and retrieves your email.

You should see another message in your inbox, this time with a Subject: Re: Test.

If you can send a message to yourself, receive it, reply to it, and receive that message, all is well and your Outlook Express 6 e-mail should work properly.

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