Setting up Outlook on a Windows computer


Microsoft Outlook is an email client app which you can use on your Windows computer. It connects to your email account on the email server you use - e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud etc. - and so provides an alternative way of viewing and replying to emails (i.e an alternative to logging on to Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud etc. on the web). It can also be used to save selected emails as msg files. 

Microsoft Outlook email client app, which can run on your Windows computer, should not be confused with Outlook.com which is an email server (like Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud etc.). 

Microsoft Outlook email client app is part of the Office 365 suite so if you have Word and Excel apps on your Windows computer you probably already have Outlook even if you are not yet using it.

To start using Outlook for email you need to add your email account to it. If you have a Gmail account, see here for how to add your Gmail account to Outlook. If you have an email account on another system, such as Yahoo, iCloud or Outlook.com see here. Make sure, when setting up your account, that you use the IMAP option. IMAP synchronises Outlook's database with the email server - which is what you want. The alternative - POP - can cause emails to be deleted from the server once they have been downloaded to Outlook - which is not what you want.  

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This page was lasted updated in November 2019. Disclaimer