Before you can use Outlook to send and receive e-mail, you must set up your e-mail account. You can have more than one account—you’ll follow the same steps for each one. There are two parts to this.
First, your account must be set up on the server or at your ISP. This is not done in Outlook. If your account is at your workplace, it will likely have been set up by an IT person and he or she will have provided you with the required information such as your e-mail address and password. If you are setting up a home or small business account, you may be doing this yourself. The details depend on your ISP, so I cannot provide instructions, but as part of the process you will either specify or be given your e-mail address and password.
Second, you must set up your account in Outlook. This process provides Outlook with the information, such as your e-mail address and password, that it needs to connect to your e-mail server and send and receive messages. If you are at work, you may be lucky enough to have your IT guru set up Outlook for you, in which case you can skip this section. If you must do it yourself, the minimum information you need is your e-mail address and your password. You may also need to know the addresses for your organization’s or ISP’s e-mail server. The URL looks much like a Web page address and will be something like mail.hosting.com. Some mail accounts require two addresses, one for incoming mail and another for outgoing mail.