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Setting Up E-Mail Software

Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail


To set up the (outgoing) SMTP server to in Thunderbird 2.0...

  1. Click Tools > Account Settings. 

  2. In the left pane, scroll down to the bottom and click on Outgoing Server (SMTP), which will bring up the Outgoing Server (SMTP) dialog.

  3. Click Add then enter settings as in the example below. Specify your User Name as (note the plus).

  4. Click OK on the SMTP Server window.

  5. Click Set Default then OK on the Account Settings window.

To set up an (incoming) IMAP or POP3 account for in Thunderbird 2.0...

  1. Click Tools > Account Settings. 

  2. In the left pane, click the Add Account button.

  3. On the Account Wizard window click Email Account then Next. 

  4. On the Identity window, fill in your name and email address then click Next. 

  5. On the Server Information window, specify POP or IMAP, the server name (, then click Next.

  6. On the User Names window specify your Incoming User Name as as shown below then click Next.

  1. On the Account Name window give the account a name and click Next.  Your settings should look like the sample below. Review your settings and click Finish.

Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail

Windows Vista renamed Outlook Express with the new name of Windows Mail to distinguish it from Outlook.  The mail setup is the same for both, and in the following write-up, Outlook Express is used to cover both versions.

To send SJPC mail when connected to most ISP's, you can send SJPC mail by specifying as the outgoing SMTP mail server.  However, when connected to some ISP's (i.e. Earthlink, NetZero, etc.), you must specify their outgoing SMTP mail server rather than

When you use Outlook Express, one profile is used for multiple mail accounts, and when send/receive is initiated, mail messages (or IMAP headers) are received from all POP and IMAP accounts into the same folder. If you want separate mail folders for each account, you have to use multiple identities which are described in the Outlook Express help text. When you send a message using Outlook Express, the SMTP server used is the default mail account's server (IE4), or the SMTP server can be manually selected in the "from" pop-down list containing all mail accounts (IE5 or higher) and overrides the default mail server.

Launch Outlook Express

1. Click on Tools, click on Accounts, click Add, click Mail and type your Name, and click Next.

2. Type in your E-mail Address (Example:, and click Next

3. Set POP3 or IMAP server from the pull down list, type in your POP3 or IMAP Account:, and type in your SMTP Account: (or to your ISP's mail server if required), and click Next.

4. Type in your User Name as, type in your Password, and check Remember Password, and click Next.

5. Click Finish, click Set as Default (if desired), and click Close.

6. To setup required outgoing mail authentication, click Tools, click Accounts, and click Mail tab.

7. Select the account.

8. Click Properties, click Server tab, and check My server requires authentication.

9. If you want a secure connection, click the Advanced tab,  check "This server requires a secure connection" for both SMTP & POP3, and
set the Outgoing mail (SMTP) to 465 & the Incoming mail (POP3) to 995.

10. Click OK and click Close.

11. Close Outlook Express

Launch Internet Explorer

Note: For security reasons Microsoft recommends that everyone upgrade to IE6 or higher.

1. Click View (IE4) or Tools (IE5 or higher).

2. Click on Internet Options, click on the Navigation Tab (IE4) or General tab (IE5 or higher), and under home page.

3. Enter your desired home page and click OK.

4. Close Internet Explorer.

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