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Configuring Outlook to work with Gmail IMAP used to be tricky back in 2007. But in Outlook 2010, Microsoft has made it a lot easier and everything is done nearly automatic. The groovy thing is that this process works for more than just Gmail, you can connect to nearly any email service just following the simple steps below.
5/23/2010 Update – There is a possibility you will need to configure your GMAIL account to enable IMAP connections before running through the steps below. My reccomendation is you take a look at that groovyPost before proceeding with the steps below. Thanks!
How To Add Gmail To Outlook 2010 Using IMAP
1. In Outlook, Click File > Info > Add Account.
2. In the account setup window that appears, Click the E-mail Account bullet, and then Type in your Gmail account credentials.
- Your Name – This can be whatever you want, however it may show up on emails that you send to people.
- E-mail Address – Type in your Gmail address. (example: [email protected])
- Password – Type in the password to your Gmail account.
Once you’ve entered all of your information, Click Next.
3. Now all you have to do is play the waiting game. Outlook 2010 will automatically detect all of the settings needed to connect to Gmail. This could take a minute so you’ll need a little patience. Once you get 3 green check marks, Click Finish.
Now you should have complete access to Gmail via IMAP/SMTP within Outlook. You can confirm this by going back to the File > Info menu and Clicking on the drop-menu below Account Information. Your newly added Gmail account should show up and say IMAP/SMTP underneath it.
Though this same process will work for Hotmail, I highly suggest using the Outlook 2010 Hotmail Connector Tool instead.
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