Creating a Mail Account

If you start Windows Live Mail without already having established a mail account, the program guides you through the steps necessary to create your first account. If you need to create an additional account, or if you declined to set one up at your first opportunity and are ready now to create your first account, click the Mail icon in the lower left corner of the Windows Live Mail window, and then click Add An E-Mail Account (near the bottom of the Folder pane). In the ensuing dialog box (see Figure 7-3), you'll be asked to supply your e-mail address, password, and display name. This dialog box gives you the chance to change the way your name is presented to recipients of your e-mail messages. Provide your account logon information, type your name as you want others to see it, and then click Next.


Add an E-mail Account


Please enter your e-mail account information below:

E-mail address: ▼

[email protected] Get a free e-mail account


[V] Remember password

How should your name appear in e-mail sent from this account?

Display Name:

For example: John Smith

H Manually configure server settings for e-mail account.


—Cancel ]

Figure 7-3 Click the Get A Free E-Mail Account link if you want to obtain a new Windows Live Hotmail account.


The Remember Password option in this dialog box is selected by default. If you're concerned that someone else might try to use your computer to access your e-mail account, clear the check box. You'll then be prompted for the password the first time you send or retrieve mail in each Windows Live Mail session .

If your e-mail account is with Hotmail, you're done! For accounts with other e-mail services, the next steps vary, but the wizard provides plenty of guidance. For example, if you're setting up a Gmail account and you haven't already enabled IMAP access in Gmail, the wizard provides a link to detailed instructions for making this simple change . Windows Live Mail knows the rest of the necessary configuration settings for well-known mail services, such as Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.

For accounts with lesser-known services, the wizard asks you to provide details about your mail server. You'll need to supply server addresses for your inbound and outbound mail. If you're not sure what to enter in this dialog box, contact your internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator. Windows Live Mail supports three server protocols for inbound mail: HTTP, POP3, and IMAP. After you've supplied the logon information, click Next and then Finish . You're ready to use your new account.

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