How to Set Up Outlook to Receive My Email

By Contributing Writer

Microsoft Outlook is the email and contact management software in the Microsoft Office set of productivity programs. In order for Outlook to be useful, it needs to be configured to automatically download and send email messages with your email account. The newer versions of Outlook automate a large portion of the process, making it very easy to set up an email account. You will need your account name (often your email address) and password to set up Outlook.

Step 1

Start Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and then "Email Accounts" if you are not prompted to set up Outlook when you start it. Clicking "Add Account" will take you to the same location as if you were prompted at startup.

Step 3

Enter your name in the box that says "Name."

Step 4

Type your email address in the "Email Address" box.

Step 5

Type your password into the "Password" and "Retype Password" boxes. Click "Next."

Step 6

Click "Finish" once Outlook has connected to the server and configured itself.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a custom email server, Outlook may fail to synchronize itself properly. If this occurs, click on the "Manually configure server settings" box and verify that the information is correct for your email server.