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Microsoft's Outlook Express is a simple and user-friendly way to send email. This video will teach you everything you need to know about using Outlook Express.See Transcript

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In this About.com video we're going to tell you everything you need to know about Microsoft's easy to use email software, Outlook Express.

Clean and Simple

Outlook Express is a simple email program for PC users. Though it lacks the tools and features for heavy email users, it makes up for it with a user-friendly interface.

Creating an Outlook Account

A lot of different email accounts are compatible with Outlook Express, from Yahoo! to Gmail. You can also use existing Hotmail, XBOX LIVE, and SkyDrive accounts. To set up a new Outlook account, go to Live.com, select "Sign Up Now", and fill in your information.

You can make as many accounts as you want, a family account, personal account, work account, etc.

Setting Up Outlook Express

Before you get started, you'll need to know your email address, the type of email server you use and the name of the incoming and outgoing email server. If you aren't sure of where to find it, check the Microsoft website or contact your Internet service provider.

Next, open Outlook Express and from your toolbar, select "Tools" and then "Accounts". This may automatically open the Internet Connection Wizard. If it doesn't open, click the "Add" button and select "Mail".

Now you'll need to fill in your name, email address, and email server names. Click next to move through the information pages. Once you get to the "Internet Mail Logon" page, type in your account name and password, click "Next" and then "Finish".

Test Your Email

At this point, you should be good to go. If you aren't sure if you've set up your email correctly, try emailing a friend. From here, you can send and receive email, store contacts in your own address book, and customize your email signatures and stationery.

Customizing Your Emails and Templates in Outlook Express

Customization is one of the most popular features of Outlook Express. The program allows for HTML editing, meaning your emails can come in any color and design you think of. It also means you can download and create creative stationery to add a little flair to your emails.

If designing isn't your style, maybe modification is. Outlook Express lets you download add-ons that bring new functions to the program, from new ways to organize mail to increased security.

Use Add-Ons for Extra Security

And speaking of security, Outlook Express has plenty of it. The software allows for fast and secure emailing, and gives advanced text-only security options that put your safety and privacy first. You can even easily install third-party tools that'll allow you to filter spam emails.

Thanks for watching our video on using Outlook Express. For more on software, be sure to check out About.com.

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