How to upgrade from Outlook Express to Outlook

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This article describes how to import mail account settings and set Microsoft Outlook as your default e-mail program as part of upgrading from Outlook Express to Outlook.

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How to Import Mail Account Settings

Outlook 2010

  1. In Outlook, on the File menu, click Open, and then click Import.

    The Export Wizard opens.
  2. In the Choose an action to perform box, click Import Internet Mail Account Settings, and then click Next.
  3. In the Select the e-mail client to import box, click Microsoft Outlook Express or Microsoft Windows Mail, or Microsoft Windows Mail, and then click Next.
  4. Make sure that the name that is displayed is the name that you want to use, and then click Next.
  5. Make sure that the e-mail address is correct, and then click Next.
  6. Make sure that the incoming and outgoing mail servers are correct, and then click Next.

Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007

  1. In Outlook, on the File menu, click Import and Export.
  2. In the Choose an action to perform box, click Import Internet Mail Account Settings, and then click Next.
  3. In the Select the e-mail client to import box, click Microsoft Outlook Express or Microsoft Windows Mail, or Microsoft Windows Mail, and then click Next.
  4. Make sure that the name that is displayed is the name that you want to use, and then click Next.
  5. Make sure that the e-mail address is correct, and then click Next.
  6. Make sure that the incoming and outgoing mail servers are correct, and then click Next.
  7. Make sure that the account name and password are correct, and then click Next.

    NOTE: If you are using an MSN, The Microsoft Network, Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) account, you may have to select the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) check box.
  8. Click the method that you use to connect to the Internet, and then click Next.
  9. Click Finish to import your mail account settings.

How to Set Outlook as the Default E-mail Program in Windows XP

  1. Quit Outlook.
  2. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click the Internet Options icon, and then click the Programs tab.
  4. In the E-mail list, click Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Office Outlook, and then click OK to save the changes.

How to Set Outlook as the Default E-mail Program in Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Quit Outlook.
  2. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click the Internet Options icon, and then click the Programs tab.
  4. In the Internet Programs list, click Set Programs. Select your default programs. Select Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Office Outlook, and then click to set it as the default program. Click OK to save the changes.

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Article ID: 287073 - Last Review: September 20, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
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