Configuring Outlook express / Outlook (MS-Windows)
If you already configured outlook once, it is the same process in configuring it to talk to your Linux box. The beautiful thing about knowledge is that when you do something with your own hands you learn and understand exactly how it works. I remember when I first used a computer to read and send email. I always wondered how it worked. I was always aware that a regular user could never understand what it takes to transport an email from one computer to another. I hope that with this book I have answered some if not all of your questions.
To configure outlook follow these steps:
Find Outlook on your windows and launch it. If this is the first time you are executing outlook express, the wizard is launched to walk you through. Usually a new user has no idea of what information is required to properly configure the email client.
The information required during the wizard, is exactly what I will demonstrate through the Tools properties of outlook express.
The accounts option is used to manage all your email accounts, just like in Kmail you can add as many account to it to access a single server or as many servers as you want.
Each account is considered to be different identity. Each identity has a username and a password before it can be used to access an email server.
- On the tools menu select Accounts
Once you click on accounts it presents a new panel and an option to add your user (Fig. 9.28).
- Click on Add and then Mail
This will start the wizard that will request all the necessary information to access the email server.
- Enter your name and click Next
- On the next screen enter your email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next you will enter the server host.
- I am using mail.netcontrol.org
For incoming mail server, the client machine will make a connection to a POP3 server.
- The same host is used for the outgoing mail (SMTP)
- Click Next
The next screen is the login name and password
- Enter the user name
- Enter the password
This user name and password must exist in the server or it won't be able to login.
- Click next
- On the next screen, just press Finish.
You are done with the wizard.
Once you click on Finish, it takes you back to the Accounts main screen. See Figure 9.28 note that the account name is not being descriptive. You can change that to something more descriptive such as the actual login name (your name).
To do that:
- Click on the account we just created
- Click on Properties.
See this picture, on the line that is circled, enter the name for that account, or the name that you want to identify it with.
- Click Ok
- Click on Close
- Exit Outlook
- Restart it again
Congratulations! You can now send and receive emails.