IMAP account basic settings

The following table provides information and tips for entering basic IMAP settings in the Outlook Accounts preferences dialog box.

Option

Description

Account description

This is how your account is labeled in Outlook. You can give the account any name that is helpful to you.

Full name

This is how your name appears in the From field of e-mail messages that you send.

E-mail address

You must type your complete e-mail address, such as someone@example.com.

User name

Depending on your e-mail provider, this is usually either your full e-mail address or the part of your e-mail address before the "@" symbol.

Password

This is the password for your account. Usually this password is usually case-sensitive.

Incoming server

The incoming mail server for an IMAP account may also be called the IMAP server. For example, if your e-mail provider is example.com, the incoming mail server is likely imap.example.com.

Override default port

To be able to edit the port number that follows the server address, select this check box.

Use SSL to connect (recommended)

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology that helps improve the security of the account.

Outgoing server

This server sends your messages. It may also be called the SMTP server. For example, if your e-mail provider is example.com, the outgoing mail server is likely smtp.example.com.

Override default port

To be able to edit the port number that follows the server address, select this check box.

Use SSL to connect (recommended)

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology that helps improve the security of the account.

More Options

Click the More Options button to enter authentication for the outgoing server, or to set an unqualified domain.

If you click the More Options button, the following settings are available.

Option

Description

Authentication

If your account requires separate authentication for the outgoing mail server, select User Name and Password.

User name

If you have selected User Name and Password for authentication, enter your user name for the outgoing mail server.

Password

If you have selected User Name and Password for authentication, enter your password for the outgoing mail server.

Unqualified domain

Enter the domain that you want to be appended to any recipients for which you do not specify a domain. For example, if you enter example.com in the Unqualified domain box, and then you address an e-mail message to someone, Outlook sends the message to someone@example.com.

See also

About adding accounts

IMAP account folder settings

IMAP account server settings

Digital signing and encryption settings

Show or hide IMAP folders

Add an e-mail account

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