There are few questions which we are asked more often than ‘how can I set-up an e-mail account on my computer?’ A cause of great confusion and aggravation in equal measure for many people, it’s really not as complicated or daunting as it may seem.

To help you along the way, we have drawn up a step by step guide which will help you to set up your account and hopefully stop you throwing your computer out of the window in the meantime!

For the purposes of this guide we are going to use Microsoft Outlook as the e-mail client but in future posts we will cover as many different clients as possible.

First of all – Step 1

Before starting the set-up process, you will need to ensure that you have obtained some vital information from your ISP (Internet Service Provider). The highlighted words below are the details which must be identified and an example of what you will need can be found below:

  • Username:    johnsmith@ntlworld.com
  • Password:   hijerkjdf
  • Incoming Mail Server:    mail.ntlworld.com
  • Outgoing Mail Server:    mail.ntlworld.com
Once you have obtained these details, open up Microsoft Outlook, click on Tools and then E-Mail Accounts and you will be well on your way.

Step 1

Once you have done this you can move onto Step 2

Simply click on the option to ‘Add a new e-mail account’ and then click next.

Step 2

Step 3

The standard e-mail server for the vast majority of people will be ‘POP3’, (we will discuss the other options in a later blog), therefore all you need to do for step 3 is to click on ‘POP3’ and then click next.

 

Step 3

 

Step 4 – The next step involves filling in the details which you have obtained from your ISP.

 

Step 4

 

You are almost there! Once you have filled in all of the relevant details, the next step – Step 5 – is to click on the ‘Test Account Settings’ button, this will check that all of the details are correct by sending a test e-mail through to your e-mail address.

Step 6 is the final one. After click on the ‘Test Account Settings’ button, simply click of ‘next’, if all is well, you will see the message below. Your e-mail account is all up and running.

Step 6

 

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