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Configuring Outlook Express for IMAP

Last Updated: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 > Related Articles

Summary

Learn how to configure Outlook Express to send mail via IMAP.

Solution

About IMAP

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol.  It is an Internet standard language used to receive email.  Unlike the most common Internet standard for receiving mail, Post Office Protocol (POP), IMAP is designed to leave a copy of email messages on the server.  This allows email messages to be viewed and managed by multiple devices (i.e. laptop, desktop, mobile phone, etc), hence providing email mobility.  Secure IMAP simply requires the use of a more secure connection between the device/software and the mail server to enhance security.

 

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In Outlook Express, select Tools > Accounts

 

 

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Click Add

 

 

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Select Mail

 

 

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Enter a name in the display field. Click Next.

 

 

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Enter your email address in the display field. Click Next.

 

 

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Select IMAP from the My Incoming Mail Server is a ____ Server drop-down menu.

 

 

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Enter the following server information in the fields:

  • imap.coxmail.com in Incoming Mail field
  • smtp.coxmail.com in Outgoing Mail field

 

 

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Enter the email address and password. Click Next.

 

 

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Click Finish.

 

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Highlight imap.coxmail.com. Select Properties.

 

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Click the Advanced tab. Under Server Port Numbers:

  • Enter 465 for Outgoing mail and select This server requires a secure connection (SSL)
  • Enter 993 for Incoming mail and select This server requires a secure connection (SSL)

Click OK.

 

 

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Click the Servers tab.

Select My server requires authentication.

Click OK.

 

 

 


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