Gmail Setup In Outlook
The Outlook setting up procedure for most email accounts are pretty much the same. However, in some cases, you need to activate the email client setup from the account itself, before you even start the account set up wizard in Outlook. Your Gmail account falls into this category.
Activating email client set up in Gmail
For security reasons, the Gmail service does not allow linking an email client to it, by default. The user has to login to his account first and change the Gmail Account Settings to initiate the process. This can be easily done. After you have logged in to your Gmail account, click on the gear-shaped icon you see on the top right corner. This will launch a menu. Here, select the option Settings to launch the Gmail account settings page.
Here, click on the heading Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Here, you will see a lot of settings for managing the email client settings for your Gmail account. You need to select the option Enable POP for all email. Click on Save Changes.
Outlook setting for Gmail account
Now that you have enabled the email client options for your Gmail account. You can start the email setup process in MS Outlook using the account setup wizard. To launch the wizard in Outlook 2007, go to Tools >Account Settings. Then, go to the Email tab and click on New.
Outlook Mail Setup
This will initiate the email account set up and the wizard will be launched in a separate window. Select the first option on the wizard for Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP and HTTP and click Next. In the next step, enter your name, email address in full (including the @gmail.com extension) and password for the account.
When you press Next, the wizard will start configuring the account by trying to establish a connection with the Gmail server online. If you have not enabled the email client options mentioned above or if you have entered the wrong details, then the mail client will fail to establish a connection with the mail server and you will receive an error message. The account setup will not be complete in such cases.
But, if you followed the steps correctly, then the connection with the Gmail server will be established without any problems and Outlook will start downloading your Gmail messages to the Outlook folders in the system. You can now start using your Gmail account in Outlook.
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