Setting Up Gmail in Outlook

Hi Computer Lady

I love your newsletter, I always file just in case Ive a problem.

Can I set up my gmail account in MS Outlook, if so, how can I do this?

Regards Ali

Dear Ali,

You can get your Gmail in any email program that supports IMAP. I get mine in Thunderbird, and it works great.

In order to do this, you need to go to your Gmail settings and find a couple of things.

To get started, click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Gmail window, then click on settings in the menu.

Across the top of the settings page, you will see a row of blue text with things like, Labels, Inbox, etc. Find the text that says, “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” and click on that.

In the section labeled, “IMAP Access:” click to enable IMAP, then click the “Save Changes” button.

From there, you will see a link to “Configuration Instructions” at the bottom. Follow the directions for your version of Outlook and you should be all set.



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