Gmail in Outlook Express

Are you one of the many who has recently given up Outlook Express and signed up for a Gmail account? Since you’ve done that, have you started to miss the way you handled e-mail in Outlook Express? Some of you may have gone to Gmail because of the online e-mail storage that comes with it, but would you rather use Outlook Express and go back to e-mail normalcy?

Well, if you have been wishing that you could do that, wish no more, because you can! Gmail definitely has a different layout to it and some of the ways they do things is quite a bit different. Especially if you were used to Outlook Express and were just simply comfortable in the way things were done. So, obviously, going back to OE for the well known way of sending and receiving e-mails is the number one reason why you would like to use your Gmail account in OE. Another reason may be because you miss the stationery that you could use in Outlook Express. Gmail doesn’t have anything like that. Well, I’m sure there are several other reasons, but let’s just get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?

To be able to get e-mail from your Gmail account in Outlook Express (and sending e-mail too), use the following steps.

1.) First, you need to make sure the POP access is activated in your Gmail account. To do this, go to Gmail and click on the Settings link at the top of the page. Choose the Forwarding and POP tab and make sure either the “Enable POP for all mail” or “Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on” is selected. (You will probably just want to choose the “from now on” option, because all the e-mail that you receive from this point on will go to Outlook Express). Next, you need to choose what you want to do with the e-mail that is accessed with POP. You can either keep Gmail’s copy in the Inbox, archive Gmail’s copy or delete Gmail’s copy. This option is strictly up to you. Once you have chosen that, click on Save Changes.

2.) With that done, we can move on. Open Outlook Express and go to Tools, Accounts.

3.) Click on the Add button and choose Mail.

4.) Type in your name and click Next.

5.) Enter your Gmail e-mail address. Click Next.

6.) Now, you need to make sure that POP3 is selected under the “My incoming mail server is a (blank) sever” space.

7.) Type in “” (without the quotations) under the “Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server:

8.) Type in “” (without the quotations) under the “Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:” spot. Click Next when done.

9.) Now, you’re going to enter your full Gmail e-mail address under the “Account name” and enter your Gmail password under “Password.”

10.) Click Next and then Finish.

11.) Now you’re going to highlight the new account, choose Properties from there and go to the Servers tab.

12.) Ensure the line that says “My server requires authentication” is checked under the Outgoing Mail Server section.

13.) Choose the Advanced tab.

14.) Now, make sure that the place that says “This server requires a secure connection (SSL)” is checked under the Outgoing mail (SMTP): and also under the Incoming mail (POP3): choices.

15.) Once that is all checked, type in the number “465” under the Outgoing server (SMTP): place and make sure “995” is typed in under the Incoming server (POP3) section.

16.) Click OK and Close.

Phew, that was a lot of steps! Did you make it through?! I sure hope so. Once you do, everything will be set up and you can start using your Gmail account in Outlook Express and get back to the way you used to do e-mail. Enjoy!

~ Erin