Gmail® Settings for Windows® Live Mail
What are the guidelines to set up Gmail account on Windows Live Mail?
The free web-based e-mail service provided by Google is what is called Gmail. Gmail stands for Google Mail. One of the most distinguishing features of Gmail is its incredible storage space. This feature was introduced with a storage space of 1GB. Gmail service currently provides more than 7GB of free storage space. As other e-mail providers Gmail came up with more attractive features like chat, saving the drafts automatically, keyboard shortcuts and of course the ever increasing storage capacity. The creation of an account is very simple in Gmail. The user can directly create an account by visiting the website of Gmail or by getting an invitation from another user who already have an account in Gmail. Gmail introduced a plain HTML interface so that all its features can work well in all the web browsers. Gmail can be used either from a web browser or from the desktop e-mail client like the Windows Live Mail.
The following are the methods to create a Gmail account in Windows Live Mail with its essential settings:
- Setting Up Gmail in Windows Live Mail
- Enter the Gmail Account information
- Enter the Gmail Connection Settings
Setting Up Gmail in Windows Live Mail
On running Windows Live Mail for the first time, a dialog-box saying Add an e-mail account appears automatically. If the Windows Live Mail already has set up mail accounts then the option 'Add an e-mail account' is to be selected from the left pane and click on it to open the e-mail account wizard. The IMAP in Gmail has to be enabled before using with Windows Mail. This is done by selecting the settings in Gmail followed by the 'Forwarding' and 'POP/IMAP' tab. Now enable IMAP and click on 'Save changes'.
Enter the Gmail Account information
The next step is providing the information for account creation. Enter the Username@gmail.com under e-mail address. Then give a strong password in the second field. The user can either choose to remember the password or uncheck that option if not preferred. In the last field the user can enter the name as required which determines how the e-mails appear to the recipient which are sent by the user. Next step is the 'Manually Configure Server Settings for e-mail account'. It is up to the user to decide whether to manually configure the settings or allow Windows Mail to configure the settings.
In this step the user has to provide the information using which Windows Live Mail connects with the Gmail account. There are two selections for these settings. The first is the setting of the incoming server and the second one for the outgoing server settings. In the first field choose IMAP as the server type and enter the incoming mail server value as imap.gmail.com with the port 993. Then check the box saying 'This server requires a secure connection'. Next is the setting up of outgoing mail server. Enter the outgoing server address as smtp.gmail.com with port 465. Make sure to check both the checkboxes that follow which says 'This connection requires a secure connection' and 'My outgoing server requires authentication'. After entering this, the user is one step away from completing the set up. Click on the Next button .The Windows Mail will now display a success message informing the completion of the account creation.
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