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Configuring Windows Outlook Express and Incredimail for MAIN

NOTE: after configuring your email program, you are able to compose emails to send and can read emails that you have already downloaded even when you are not connected to the internet. You only need to connect to send new messages or receive new messages. In order to do this, all you have to do when it wants to connect is to click on "Work Offline" , click the Cancel button or something similar.

  1. Open Outlook Express (go to your Start button, up to Programs or All Programs, and to Outlook Express.)

    • NOTE: If you are asked for the Display Name, skip to #2. Otherwise:

    • At the top, on the same bar as File, Edit, View, etc... click on Tools. Then choose Accounts from the list.

    • In the new window that appears, if there is an entry for your former ISP, click it and then click "Remove".

    • Click on the Add button. Then choose Mail out of the list of options to add.

    A new window will appear that will guide you through the process of creating your mail account. It is important to get out your MAIN User Reference sheet so you can enter correctly your e-mail address and other e-mail


  2. The first window is for your Display Name. Type in the name you normally call yourself, or you would like to be printed before your e-mail address on outgoing mail. (There are no wrong answers, nothing here will stop you from sending or receiving mail.)

  3. When done typing, hit NEXT> at the bottom of the window. Now enter your E-mail address. This must be exactly as it appears on your MAIN User Reference sheet. Make sure you type this in lower case letters. Then hit NEXT>.

  4. Now you will be prompted for your mail server type This is in the TOP box. Leave this alone, it should read POP3. Below this, you will be asked to supply the name of your Incoming Mail (POP3 or IMAP) Server. Type the name of your incoming mail server on your User Reference sheet. Below this, enter your Outgoing(SMTP) Server. This will also be on your User Reference sheet, and should be the same as your incoming server. When finished, hit NEXT>.

  5. Type your Username where asked for your POP Account Name, and Password where asked for it (from your User Reference Sheet or Data.) Uncheck Log on Using Secure Password Authentication at the bottom if it is checked - if it has a black dot, click the circle next to Log on Using at the top so it is chosen (dotted) instead. When done, click NEXT>. If you have a FINISH button, click it and skip to the Congratulations section below.

  6. If you are not asked for a Friendly Name for your account, please skip to the next step. Once again, this is just for your preference, so you can enter whatever you would like, and hit NEXT>.

  7. If you are not asked how you would like to connect to your mail server, skip to the final step; otherwise choose Connect using my Phone line, and hit NEXT>.

  8. Your computer will now ask which Dial-Up networking connection you want to use to get your mail. Choose Use an existing dial up connection, and make sure MAIN is chosen on the list below. (It is chosen if the blue bar is covering it, and the letters are white, instead of black letters, and a white background) Hit NEXT>.

  9.  Congratulations, all that is left is to pat yourself on the back, and hit FINISH, then Close.

Incredimail setup is very similar to Outlook Express, so try it using these directions.

If you need help please email or call the MAIN Help Desk inside Buncombe county: 255-0182 or toll free 866-962-6246 outside Buncombe if you need further assistance.

    To transfer email addresses out of AOL, Juno, Hotmail, and other providers:

  • Look on the respective web pages of the provider for their specific procedure to export addresses. Make sure the file you export is compatible with Outlook Express, ie.: ends in .WAB (or the file format for the email software program you intend to use).

    To import addresses into Outlook Express that you have exported from other programs:

  • Go to: Start => Accessories => Address Book
  • To Import: File => Import => Address Book

    Choose the folder the address file is in.

    You have now configured your computer to send and receive mail with MAIN. To do either, you must click on the "Send and Receive" button on Outlook Express's Toollbar, or use the Tools menu, "Send and Receive" selection. It is highly recommended that you write your email before connecting to MAIN, then hit "Send and Receive" to complete the process.

    For further information on switching your account to MAIN from other ISPs, click here.

    For futher information on Outlook Express try Microsoft's Outlook Express


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