How Do I Check My Email From Another PC?

By J.E. Myers

There are two ways to check your email even if you aren't at your home computer. If you use an email program from Yahoo or Google you can check your email from their website. This is also true for most email customers of major providers like Verizon. You can always log-in to mail accounts on their websites. If you have some other email provider that doesn't feature a web login option, you can temporarily program Outlook Express to download your email.

Things You'll Need

  • Email domain server information
  • Email password

Step 1

Gather your email username and your password. Find out from your email provider what the port settings need to be configured to in order to receive mail from the domain server. You need the "incoming" and "outgoing" port settings and information as to whether the server requires "authentication."

Step 2

Open Outlook Express. Most Windows computers offer Outlook Express as a part of the Accessory bundle. Go to "Tools," "Accounts" and click on the "Add" tab and the "Mail" menu item.

Step 3

Type in your Display name and click "Next." Type in your email address and click "Next." Type in your "Incoming" port configuration information. Example: "" Type in your "Outgoing" port information. Example: "" Click "Next."

Step 4

Enter your account username, in this format: Enter your password. Do not click the "Remember password" box. Since this is a temporary setup, you don't want this password to be remembered for other users of the computer in the future. If your email provider requires Secure Password Authentication (most do not), check "Log On Using SPA." Click "Next" and then "Finish" in the next screen. You should see your email listed in the Accounts section now.

Step 5

Click "Send/Receive" and check your email. You will have to type in your password first.

Step 6

Delete all incoming mail you receive after reading it, and then empty the Delete/Recycle bin before exiting the program. You don't want to leave old emails available for others to read.

Step 7

Delete your account settings from the computer before you leave it. Go back to "Tools" and "Accounts." Highlight your email address and click "Remove." If you forget to do this, your password is not automatically entered so your information will be secure but it's still not a good idea to leave this information on someone else's computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Inform the owner of the computer, if possible, that you need to check your email. It is bad form to simply "help yourself." When you Send/Receive for your mail, you may also capture mail meant for the owner. It is also bad form to read someone else's email.