In Microsoft Outlook 98, the Internet Mail Information Service stores
information that allows you to login to your Internet Mail Server and by
which means to initiate the login process. Outlook provides this service
during a typical setup scenario. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
provides most of the information that populates the configuration pages of
the Internet Mail Information Service.
To Configure the Internet Mail Service
You must properly configure the Internet Mail information service
to send and receive mail with Outlook. To configure this information
service, follow these steps:
- Start Outlook, and on the Tools menu, click Services.
- On the Services tab, click Internet E-mail information service,
and click Properties. If Internet E-mail is not listed, click Add,
click Internet E-mail, and click OK.
- Type in the required properties, using the following guidelines.
The General tab contains information needed to connect to your mail
server. Your ISP will supply most of this information to you. Type the
following information in the appropriate boxes:
- Mail Account: Type a name for this account.
- User Information:
- Name: This should be your full name.
- Organization: The name of your company; not a required entry.
- E-mail Address: your ISP provides you with this address.
Your e-mail address usually takes the form of a combination of your first
and last name and the name of your ISP, separated by the @ symbol and
periods. For example, John Doe uses an ISP by the name if MYISPNET. The
ISP may assign an e-mail address of JohnD@myispnet.net.
- Reply address: This is where you would enter an alternate e-mail
address for all replies to be sent to.
- Outgoing mail(SMTP): This is the name of the Outgoing mail server.
Type this name in lower case. This may be in the form of a name such as
smtp.myispnet.net, or it could be in the form of an IP address such as
222.333.22.1. Get this information from your ISP.
- Incoming mail(POP3): This is the name of the POP3 server that holds
your mail before you download it to your computer.
This name may be in the form of pop3.myispnet.net, or it could be in the
form of an IP address such as 222.333.22.3.
Incoming Mail Server
- Account Name: This is your Internet Mail Server account name.
Your ISP may call this your Mailbox name. the form is everything to
the left of the @ symbol in your e-mail address.
- Password: This is your key to your mail server. Generally, you define
your own password. Your ISP may assign an initial password however, you
should change it as soon as possible.
The Connection tab contains information on how to connect to your mail
server. There are three ways to connect to your ISP's mail server.
- Connect using my local area network (LAN)
- Connect using my phone line
- Connect using Internet Explorer's or a 3rd party dialer
Choose the appropriate connection type listed in this section.
- Connect using my Local Area Network (LAN): This connection allows you
to log in to your mail server through your existing network connection.
Your network configuration must support access to the Internet. Please
see your network administrator for more details.
- Connect using my phone line: The Internet Mail Service looks for a
Dialup Networking connection to establish a login with your ISP. Once
logged in to your ISP, it attempts to connect to your ISP's mail
If this section is dimmed or not available, it may indicate that the
Windows Dialup Networking feature is not installed on your computer.
Please refer to the section below "If Dialup Networking is not installed".
After selecting "Connect using my phone line", you must define a Dialup
Networking connection to use. You can select an existing connection
from the list, or you can use Add a new entry to create a new connection.
- Connect using Internet Explorer's or a 3rd party dialer: You must
manually connect to this server before you can send, receive, or update
If you do not have an existing connection, you can add a new connection by
clicking the Add button. This starts the Dialup Networking Connection
To edit the connection entry, modify an existing connection by clicking
Properties. This will take you to the existing connection's Properties
Transferring Internet Mail
There are four ways to get your internet e-mail.
- Press F5 on the keyboard.
- On the Tools menu, click Send or Send and Receive.
- Click the Send and Receive button on the Standard toolbar.
- Connect Via the Remote Mail Toolbar buttons.
Pressing F5 on the keyboard checks your connection type and then uploads
the mail from your Outbox and downloads your mail from the server. If you
are connected through a LAN connection mail will flow with no other dialog
boxes. If you connect to your ISP with a modem, the Dial Up Networking
connection will start and establish the connection. Mail will then upload
from your Outbox and download from the mail server.
You can choose to send mail only. On the Tools menu, click Send. This
option will not download any mail from the server.
Selecting Send And Receive on the Tools menu in the case of multiple
e-mail accounts, gives you the option to select the mail account you wish
Clicking the Send and Receive button on the Standard Toolbar is the
same as pressing F5 on the keyboard.
With Remote Mail, you can scan the headers, and then mark the messages
you want to receive, copy, or delete. While using Remote Mail, you can
compose messages and send them to your Outbox at any time and send and
receive messages when you connect to your Mailbox. This feature allows
you to keep your mail on the server.
Internet E-mail Tab
On the Internet E-mail tab you can select the mail format and scheduling
options. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Internet
- Internet E-mail sending format: Click the appropriate sending format
for your ISP. MIME is the default. UUENCODE is an older format, but
is still in use. Check your ISP for their requirements and set
- Set the character wrap value: In When sending message, wrap text at x
characters per line, where x is the number of characters allowed
per line, the default value is 76. This value can be changed to suit
- Scheduling: Click "Check my local network connection(s) for new mail
every x minute(s)." The default value is 10 minutes. This option sets
the time interval for message delivery and applies to both modem and
If you are working offline and use a modem to connect to your ISP, click
to select "Automatically dial when checking for new messages." Setting
this option will have your computer dial your ISP.
You must edit the registry to turn on Internet E-mail logging. For
information on how to do this see the following article in the
Microsoft knowledge base:
Title : OL97: How to Turn On Logging After Installing the IMEP
If Dialup Networking Is Not Installed
To use a modem connection, you must install and configure Dialup
Networking included with Windows 95. Your ISP will supply the
- User name
- Local access phone number
- Your host and domain name
- DNS server IP address
- Authentication technique (whether or not a terminal window is used)
Your ISP may also supply you with an IP address and an IP subnet mask. You
need these optional items only if your provider gives you a dedicated IP
address to use every time you dial in.
For more detailed information on configuring Dialup Networking in Windows
95, please refer to the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article- ID: 138789
Title : How to Connect to the Internet in Windows 95
Article ID: 179751 - Last Review: July 27, 2001 - Revision: 1.0
- Microsoft Outlook 98 Standard Edition
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