Setting up Microsoft Outlook as your mail client
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A "mail client" is software that allows you to receive, read, compose, send, and organize e-mail messages. There are popular stand-alone mail clients such as Eudora and Pegasus. Mail clients are built into most Web browsers such as Netscape and Internet Explorer. A mail client may also be part of a comprehensive package of software called a "suite" that performs nearly all of your daily business functions.

"Outlook" is part of the Microsoft office suite. It is integrated with other Microsoft products to provide a common gateway to word processing, scheduling, and other office functions. It includes a mail client. Most people who are setting up Outlook for the first time find that it is not straightforward. This sheet is offered to provide some initial guidance for setting up Outlook, but nothing substitutes for reading the manual (if you have one) or consulting the Microsoft technical support site on the World Wide Web. 


Here's the information you need handy before you start.

Setting up Outlook is a two-stage process: setting up a "dial up networking" profile, and setting up your profile in Outlook itself.



Outlook assumes that you are working on a computer that is part of a permanent network, as you might in a business or university environment. To use Outlook with a dial-up Internet account, you need to do some special configuration.

The new configuration information will only take effect after the close out Outlook and reopen it.

When you want to use Outlook, it should not be necessary to establish your Internet connection beforehand using Dial Up Networking. Outlook should initiate the Dial Up Networking sequence when you do something in Outlook that requires a network connection, such as retrieving new mail.

When you reply to an e-mail message or compose a new one, Outlook will hold the message until you finish your session and log off. Then it sends all outgoing messages as a batch.

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