How to Set Up Windows Mail to Work with an AOL Account - dummies

How to Set Up Windows Mail to Work with an AOL Account

By Andy Rathbone

If you have an AOL e-mail account, you can use the Windows Mail tool to send and receive your messages. However, setting up Windows Mail in Windows Vista to work with an AOL account requires a few extra steps.

If you haven’t attempted to set up the AOL account in Windows Mail, you’ll want to start at the beginning. If you’ve already set up an account in Windows Mail and it isn’t working, skip ahead to Step 7.

  1. Set up your Internet account and open Windows Mail.


    If this figure doesn’t appear automatically, open Windows Mail and choose Accounts from the Tools menu. Click the Add button, choose E-Mail Account, and click Next.

    Don’t forget that you need to have an established Internet account before you can set up an e-mail account.

  2. Type your name and click Next.

    This name appears in the From box of all your e-mail, so most people simply type their own name.

  3. Type your e-mail address and click Next.

    Your e-mail address is your username, the @ sign, and your ISP, all information that your ISP must provide you with.

  4. Choose IMAP for your e-mail type. Type for the incoming mail server and for the outgoing mail servers.


  5. Click the box marked Outgoing Server Requires Authentication on this page. Click Next.

  6. Type your account name and password and click Next. Click Finish.

    For your account name, enter the part of your e-mail address before the @ sign. Then type that Internet account’s password.

    Check the Remember Password box to fetch your mail automatically in the background.

  7. Select the AOL account you created, choose Properties, and click the Advanced tab.

    Choose Accounts from Windows Mail’s Tools menu to see your e-mail account (or accounts).

  8. In the Outgoing Mail (SMTP) box, change the number to 587 and click Apply.


  9. Click the IMAP tab and click to remove the check from the Store Special Folders on IMAP Server box.

  10. Click Apply, click OK, and click Close.

    If a message asks you to download folders from the mail server, click Yes.

You’re done and ready to send and receive e-mail on your AOL account.