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How to Access an AOL Email Account with Windows Mail

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AOL mail in AOL is nice, but do you want to start the behemoth every time you send or check mail? And then AOL is a bit limited compared to a dedicated email program such as Windows Mail. Right?

Right. Fortunately, you can access any AOL email account just fine in Windows Mail — with all the benefits (including stationery) of Windows Mail.

Access an AOL Email Account with Windows Mail

To set up an AOL email account in Windows Mail:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Windows Mail.
  • Click Add....
  • Make sure E-mail Account is highlighted.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter your name under Display Name:.
  • Click Next.
  • Type your AOL email address under E-mail address:.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure IMAP is selected under Incoming e-mail server type:.
  • Enter "imap.aol.com" under Incoming mail (POP or IMAP) server:.
  • Enter "smtp.aol.com" under Outgoing e-mail (SMTP) server name:.
  • Make sure Outgoing server requires authentication is checked.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter your AOL screen name under E-mail username:.
  • Type your AOL password under Password:.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Finish.
  • Highlight the "imap.aol.com" account.
  • Click Properties.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Enter "587" under Server Port Numbers for Outgoing mail (SMTP):.
  • Now go to the IMAP tab.
  • Make sure Store special folders on IMAP server is not checked.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Close.
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