How do I set up Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to access AOL Mail?

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How do I set up Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to access AOL Mail?

Here’s how to set up Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to read and send your AOL mail.

1. Launch Outlook Express 6.

2. Click the Tools menu, and then click Accounts.

3. Click Add, and then click Mail.

4. In the Display name box, type your name as you would like it to appear on your outgoing email messages, and then click Next.

5. In the E-mail address box, type your complete AOL email address, for example, (e.g., and then click Next.

6. Click the My incoming mail server is a drop-down menu, select IMAP or POP3 from the list.

Note: AOL Mail supports both POP3 and IMAP, but we recommend you use IMAP. To know more about the differences between POP3 and IMAP, go to our online help article What is the difference between POP3 and IMAP?

7. In the Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP, or HTTP) server box, type:

  • if using IMAP
  • if using POP3

8. In the Outgoing mail (SMTP) server box, type, and then click Next.

9. In the Account name box, type your AOL Username.

10. In the Password box, type your AOL password.

Note: If you want Outlook Express to save your AOL password, click the Remember password box to place a check mark in it.

11. Click Next.

12. Click Finish.

If you are using IMAP, skip to step 17. If you are using POP3, follow the instructions below.

13. Select the account you have created, and then click Properties.

14. Click the Advanced tab.

15. In the Delivery section, check the box next to Leave a copy of each message on the server and, then click OK.

16. Click Close.

17. Click the Tools menu, and then click Options.

18. In the Options window, click the Send tab.

19. Ensure that the check box next to Save copy of sent messages in the 'Sent Items' folder is selected and click OK.

Note: If you are prompted to download folders from the mail server, click Yes.

Nice work! Outlook Express 6 is now configured to send and receive your AOL Mail.

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Last updated: 09-04-2012
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