After downloading Windows Live Mail (downloading it alone or with other applications in the Windows Live Essentials suite), the first time you launch the program (StartOAll ProgramsOWindows LiveOWindows Live Mail), the program leads you through the steps of setting up a new e-mail account. You can also set up a new account from within Windows Live Mail by following these steps:
1. Open Windows Live Mail by choosing StartOWindows LiveOWindows Live Mail and then clicking the Add E-mail Account link in the Navigation pane.
Windows Live Mail opens the Add an E-mail Account dialog box.
2. Enter your e-mail address in the E-mail Address text box.
3. Enter your password in the Password text box.
4. Enter your name in the Display Name text box and then click Next.
5. If your incoming e-mail server doesn't use the POP3 protocol, click IMAP on the My Incoming Mail Server Is a POP3 Server drop-down list box.
Your ISP's mail server that sends your e-mail to the Windows Mail pro" gram uses one of two protocols: POP3 (Post Office Protocol version 3) or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol, also known as IMAP version 4), just as its mail server that receives the messages you send out through Windows Mail uses the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) protocol.
Check with your ISP about the type of incoming server you use when you find out the names of the ISP's incoming and outgoing mail servers, which you'll also need to have on hand in order to set up an e-mail account.
6. Enter the name of your ISP's mail server in the Incoming Server text box.
7. Enter the name of the outgoing mail server in the Outgoing Server text box.
8. If your outgoing mail server requires you to enter a user ID and password, click the My Server Requires Authentication check box.
9. If you want to make the new e-mail account your default account in Windows Live Mail that's automatically used when you send a message from the Internet Explorer, select the Set This Account as the Default Mail Account check box.
10. Click the Finish button to return to the Windows Live Mail window.
After setting up a new e-mail account, the name of the mail account (with its own Inbox, Drafts, Sent Items, June E-Mail, and Deleted Items) appears in the Windows Live Mail Navigation pane.
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