How Do I Log in to Outlook Express if It Disappeared from My Desktop?

By Jonra Springs

Microsoft Outlook Express email puts a shortcut icon on the desktop of a computer as it installs. If Outlook mail isn't accessed through the shortcut within a period of time, the computer may consider it an unused icon and offer to clear it from the desktop along with all the other icons that haven't been clicked for a time. Election to clear those icons could explain why it's missing. The icon can be deleted without removing the program. There's still a way to reach the Outlook Express email box for sending and receiving message, however.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button. Look over the icons for menu choices in the box that appears. The menu may include several programs that were recently used. Simply click the Outlook Express mail icon if it's there. If not, proceed to step 2.

Step 2

Roll the cursor over the "All Programs" selection. Look for Outlook Express among the program list. Click the listing to get to your Outlook Express mail if it's there. Proceed to step 3 if it's not among the listed programs.

Step 3

Roll the cursor onto an untitled section of the start menu under the "All Programs" choice and click to get the program list to vanish. Then click the "Control Panel" selection. Double-click the "Add or Remove Programs" icon. Click the "Add/Remove Windows Components" icon from the tree on the left.

Step 4

Scroll through the list of available Windows components. The boxes checked show all the selections currently active. Click a check mark into the box next to Outlook Express. Click the "Next" button, and wait for the configuration completion as displayed on the progress bar. Click the "Finish" button. Use step 2 to open your Outlook Express mail box.

Step 5

Create a shortcut to replace the icon on the desktop. Click the "Start" button and roll the pointer over the "All Programs" selection. Right-click the Outlook Express listing. Roll the cursor over the "Send to" option. Click the "Desktop--create shortcut" selection. The icon will be available on the desktop.

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