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Add an email account when you first start Microsoft Outlook

 

If you are new to Outlook or are installing Outlook 2010 on a new computer, the Auto Account Setup feature automatically starts and helps you configure account settings for your email accounts. This setup requires only your name, email address, and password. If your email account can’t be automatically configured, you must enter the required additional information manually.

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. When prompted to configure an email account, click Next.

  1. To add an email account, click Yes, and then click Next.
  2. Enter your name, email address, and password, and then click Next.

Add New Account dialog box with E-mail account selected

If you enter an email address that ends with hotmail.com or msn.com, you must use the Microsoft Outlook Connector for Windows Live Hotmail to add the email account. For information about how to add these kinds of email accounts, see Use a Windows Live Hotmail account in Outlook.

 Note    When your computer is connected to a network domain for an organization that uses Microsoft Exchange Server, your mail information is automatically inserted. The password box doesn't appear because your network password is used.

A progress indicator appears as your account is configured. The setup process can take several minutes.

Add New Account dialog box indicating e-mail server settings are being configured

If the initial attempt to configure your account fails, a second attempt can be made using an unencrypted connection to the mail server. If you see this message, click Next to continue. If the unencrypted connection also fails, your email account can’t be automatically configured.

Add New Account dialog box indicating account could not be configured

Click Retry, or select the Manually configure server settings check box. For more information, see Add an email account by using advanced settings.

After the account is successfully added, you can add more accounts by clicking Add another account.

Notification that account was configured

  1. To exit the Add New Account dialog box, click Finish.

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