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A lot of people are using client mail today such as Outlook. Outlook is a program that is installed on your computer, and its primary purpose is to connect to your mail server and download your email into one source which makes checking your email very comfortable and convenient. Not only can you set up your email account in Outlook but you can set up all of them. The problem is that Microsoft Outlook can be expensive. One way around this is to use Windows Live Mail. At the time of this writing, Windows Live Mail is free to download and install. With Windows Live Mail you can do a lot of the same things you can do with Outlook. Setting up Windows Live Mail with your email addresses is relatively straightforward.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have Windows Live Mail installed. Click on the round start button in the lower left-hand corner. In the search field type "Windows Live Mail". If it comes up in your search, you are ready to go. At this point, you may want to click right on it and pin it to your start menu so it will be a mouse click away. If it does not come up, you will need to visit the link above, download and install.

Click on Windows Live Mail to start it. Once it opens for the first time, you will be presented with a Windows Live Mail dialogue box with the title "Add your email accounts". Enter in the following.

Incoming server information

Email Address: This is the email address you want to use with Windows Live Mail. If it is a Gmail account, you will enter your full Gmail account address.

Password: This is the same password that you use to sign into your email account. Be sure to check the "Remember this password" check box. Otherwise, you will have to enter your password every time Windows Live Mail retrieves your email.

The Display name for your sent messages: What name do you want to show up in the receivers email. The most mail client software will show a person's name instead of an email address.

At this point, you can click next and let Windows Live Mail try and set it up for you, but for this tutorial I will set it up manually. Click the check box that says "Manually configure server settings." Click next.

The next dialogue box will be named "Configure server settings". This is the server information for your email provider and consists of the following:

Incoming server type: For the purposes, for this tutorial, I will use the selection "POP". Some service providers require an "IMAP" server type. To find out for the sure visit, your service provides website and search for Windows Live Mail or Outlook server settings. Both programs require the same information.

Server address: This is the incoming server address for your service provider. If you don't know it, visit your service providers support section or give them a call. If they require a secure connection (SSL) be sure to check that box.