How to Access Gmail with Outlook Express Using IMAP

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Access your Gmail messages in Outlook Express using the IMAP functionality.

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Make Sure IMAP Access Is Enabled

Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu
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Click 'Add'

Click Add and select Mail...
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  • Click Add.
  • Choose Mail....
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Enter Your Name

Enter your name
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  • Enter your name under Display name:.
  • Click Next >.
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Enter Your Gmail Address

Enter your Gmail address under
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  • Enter your Gmail address (something like "example@gmail.com") under E-mail address:.
  • Click Next > again.
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Make Sure 'IMAP' Is Selected

Make sure
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  • Make sure IMAP is selected under My incoming mail server is a __ server.
  • Type imap.gmail.com in the Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server: field.
  • Enter smtp.gmail.com under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:.
  • Click Next >.
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Enter Account Name

Type your full Gmail address under
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  • Type your full Gmail address under Account name: ("example@gmail.com", for example).
  • Enter your Gmail password in the Password: field.
  • Click Next > again.
  • Click Finish.
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Internet Accounts Window

Click
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  • Highlight imap.gmail.com in the Internet Accounts window.
  • Click Properties.
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Servers Tab

Make sure
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  • Go to the Servers tab.
  • Make sure My server requires authentication is checked under Outgoing Mail Server.
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Advanced Tab

Make sure
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  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Make sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) is checked under both Outgoing mail (SMTP): and Incoming mail (IMAP):.
  • Type 465 under Outgoing server (SMTP):.
    • If the number under Incoming server (IMAP): has not been changed to "993" automatically, enter 993 there.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close in the Internet Accounts window.
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Download List of Gmail Folders to Outlook Express

Now, select
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  • Now, select Yes to download the list of Gmail folders to Outlook Express.
  • Click OK.