How to Setup Comcast Email in Outlook Express

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Outlook Express takes email to a higher level over Outlook by including access to newsgroups. It only takes a few minutes to setup your Outlook Express program to work with your Comcast email account.

Step 1

Start the Outlook Express program by clicking (or double clicking) the icon on your desktop or under your "Start" button.

Step 2

Use the Internet Connection Wizard to setup the initial settings for Comcast email in Outlook Express. If it is your first time to use Outlook Express, the wizard should start automatically. If the wizard doesn't start, click the following options in order to start the wizard, "Tools," "Accounts," "Add" and "Mail" (go to Step 4 to continue the setup).

Step 3

Make sure the circle next to "Create a new Internet mail account" has a dot in it. If a dot isn't in the circle, click the circle. Click the "Next" button to proceed.

Step 4

Type a name for this Comcast email account, such as Comcastic Mail, in the box provided and click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Provide your complete email address in the appropriate box on the next screen, for example Replace "yourname" with your existing user name for your Comcast email account. Hit the "Next" button at the bottom of the window.

Step 6

Choose POP3 from the drop down menu next to "My incoming mail server is a."

Step 7

Add "" in the box under "Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server."

Step 8

Type "" in the white box under "Outgoing mail (SMTP) server" and click "Next."

Step 9

Put your Comcast email account name in the white box beside "Account name." The name is the first part of your Comcast email account before the "@" symbol. Put your unique password in the box next to "Password."

Step 10

Decide how secure you need this email account to be on the computer you are using. Click the small box next to "Remember password" to access this Comcast email quickly without typing the password every time you check your email. If other people use the computer, you may want to leave the box blank so they can't read your email by simply starting Outlook Express. You will have to provide the password every time you check your email.

Step 11

Go to the next page in the wizard by clicking "Next" and click "Finish" to end the wizard.

Step 12

Look at the "Internet Accounts" window, which should now list the account you just created. Click the new account to highlight it and then click the "Properties" button.

Step 13

Scan down to the bottom of the Properties windows and place a check mark in the box next to "My server requires authentication."

Step 14

Open another pop-up window by clicking the "Settings..." button.

Step 15

Make sure the circle next to "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" has a green dot in it (click the circle if it does not) and click the "OK" button.

Step 16

Select the "Advanced" tab at the top of the Properties window. Near the top of the list of items in this window is the "Server Port Numbers." Put the numbers "587" in the white box to right of the words "Outgoing mail (SMTP)." You may have to replace numbers in the box.

Step 17

End the setup process by clicking the "Apply" button and then the "OK" button at the bottom of the Properties window.

Tips & Warnings

  • If someone else is using your computer, you can remove the check mark beside "Remember my password" so the borrower won't receive your mail. Replace the check mark when you get the computer back.