How to Forward or Redirect Outlook 2007 Mail to Gmail

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Google's free Gmail service offers a vast amount of free storage space, and the fact that it is a Google service means that few organizations block it, and you can access it from nearly anywhere. If you are a happy Gmail user, you may wish that you could access your other email accounts through the Gmail interface rather than using software such as Microsoft Outlook 2007. By creating a forwarding rule in Outlook, you can automatically forward incoming messages to your Gmail account and access your mail from one place.


Step 1

Open the "Tools" menu at the top of the Outlook 2007 window, then select "Rules and Alerts."

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Step 2

Click the "New Rule" button.

Step 3

Click "Check messages when they arrive" in the "Blank Rule" section of the window. Click "Next."


Step 4

Click "Next." Outlook 2007 displays a prompt asking you if you want the rule to apply to every message that you receive. Click "Yes."

Step 5

Click the "Forward it to people or distribution list" checkbox.


Step 6

Click the "People or distribution list" link at the bottom of the window.

Step 7

Click the "To" field at the bottom of the window, and type your Gmail address.

Step 8

Click "Ok," then click "Finish."


If you use a Microsoft Exchange server for email, your forwarding rule will continue working even if Outlook 2007 is not running and the computer is turned off. However, forwarding mail to external addresses must be allowed by the administrator of the Exchange server. If you use a standard POP3 email account, however, you will have to launch Outlook 2007 periodically to check and forward messages. Your email provider may have a feature allowing you to forward incoming messages to your Gmail account automatically without using Outlook.