How to Setup Email

By Brendan O'Brien

Setting up your email on either a Windows or Mac-based computer is a fairly detailed task that involves several pages of information. Take your time typing in server names and passwords since it is a headache to go back and retrace your steps. The process, when done correctly, takes about 10 minutes.

Windows Mail, Outlook Express

Step 1

Gather the type of email server and the name of your incoming and outgoing email servers from your service provider. Also find out whether your outgoing server requires authentication and if there are specific port numbers to use. You will also need to know if the servers require a secure connection.

Step 2

Open your Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

Step 3

Hit "Tools" in the main menu bar. Scroll down and click "Accounts."

Step 4

Hit the "Add" button on the next page. Hit "E-mail Account" on the following page. Hit the "Next" button at the bottom of the page.

Step 5

Type your name in the field that is provided. Hit the "next" button.

Step 6

Enter your email address in the field. Hit the "Next" button.

Step 7

Hit the drop-down box to choose the type of email server. Type the name of the incoming and outgoing servers in the fields that are provided. Put a check mark in the box next to "Outgoing server requires authentication." All of this information is what you gathered in Step 1.

Step 8

Click the "Next" button.

Step 9

Enter your email user name and password in the appropriate fields and hit the "Next" button. Click the "Finish" button.

Step 10

Highlight the email account you just created on the "Internet Accounts" page. Hit the "Properties" button.

Step 11

Type in outgoing and incoming port numbers in the fields provided if your email provider told you to do so. In addition, use the check marks to designate whether the servers require a secure connection.

Step 12

Hit the "Apply" button. Hit the "OK" button. Restart your Windows Mail.

Apple Mail

Step 1

Gather the type of email server and the name of your incoming and outgoing email servers from your service provider. Also find out whether your outgoing server requires authentication and if there are specific port numbers to use. You will also need to know if the servers require a secure connection.

Step 2

Open your Apple Mail application. Hit "File" in the main menu bar. Scroll down and hit "Add Account."

Step 3

Hit the drop-down menu to choose the type of account. You learned this in Step 1.

Step 4

Enter a couple of words to describe your account in the account description field. Type your full name and email address in the fields that are provided. Hit the "Continue" button.

Step 5

Uncheck the box next to "Automatically set up account" and it the "Continue" button.

Step 6

Type the name of the incoming server that you learned in Step 1. Enter your user name and password and hit the "Continue" button.

Step 7

Type in your mail security settings if you are prompted. You gathered this information in Step 1. Hit the "Continue" button.

Step 8

Enter a description for the outgoing mail server and its name that you learned in Step 1. Click "Use Authentication" and type in your username and password if necessary. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 9

Type in your outgoing mail security settings and port number if needed. You gathered this information in Step 1. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 10

Make sure that the account information is correct. Put a check mark in "Take account online" and hit the "Create" to finish. Restart your Apple Mail.