How to Configure Gmail for Outlook 2007

By Travis Wampler

Configuring Outlook 2007 to work seamlessly with Google's Gmail is a two-step process. Unlike many email services, you have to first apply settings in your Google account to allow POP3 and IMAP functionality, then configure Outlook to send and receive across the Google servers. However, both processes are simple and configurable within five minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Gmail account
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007

Configuring Your Gmail Account for Outlook 2007

Step 1

Log into your Gmail account via your web browser.

Step 2

Left-click "Settings" in the upper right corner of the Gmail page.

Step 3

In "Settings," click the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab.

Step 4

Locate the "IMAP Access" section. Click the "Enable IMAP" radio button.

Step 5

Click "Save Changes." Your Gmail account is now ready to be configured in Outlook 2007.

Configuring Outlook 2007 for Gmail Access

Step 1

In Outlook 2007, click "Tools" on the main toolbar. In the drop-down menu, click "Account Settings." In the account settings dialog box, the "Email" tab is selected by default.

Step 2

With the "Email" tab selected, click "New." The "Add New E-mail Account" dialog box will appear. In the form provided, enter your name, email address and password. Click the box next to "Manually configure server settings or additional server types," then click "Next."

Step 3

In the "Choose E-mail Service" dialog box, click the radio button next to "Internet E-Mail." Click "Next" to progress to the "Internet E-mail Settings" option.

Step 4

In the "Server Information" section, click the arrow next to account type and select IMAP. In the "Incoming Mail Server" box type "". In the "Outgoing Mail Server” box type "".

Step 5

In the "Logon Information" section, insert your full Gmail address in the "User Name" box. It should resemble "" Insert your password in the "Password" box. Click the check box for "Remember Password," then lick "More Settings."

Step 6

Click the "Advanced" tab. Change the "Incoming server (IMAP)" to “993” and select "SSL" from the drop-down menu. Set "Outgoing server (SMTP)" to “587” and select "TSL" from the drop-down menu.

Step 7

Click the "Outgoing Server" tab. Click the check box and enable "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication." Leave the radio button on "Use same settings as my incoming mail server." Click "OK."

Step 8

On the "Internet E-mail Settings" dialog box, click "Next," then "Finish."

Step 9

On the "Account Settings" dialog box, you will see your new Gmail account. Click “Close.” If asked, you can instruct Outlook to synchronize your folders, or you can manually select "Send/Receive" on the top toolbar.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also configure Outlook and Gmail to use POP access. However, IMAP is preferred, as IMAP synchronizes the Outlook client to act as a mirror image of your web-based Gmail account. In other words, any action or folder created in Outlook will also be visible in your Gmail account via regular browser access and vice versa.