Making a Gmail Outlook 2010 Connection with IMAP Step-By-Step
Let’s get started on your Gmail Outlook IMAP connection. First things first. These instructions assume you already have a Gmail account. If you don’t, you need to create one right now. After all, a Gmail Outlook 2010 connection is hard to make without Gmail!
The link below opens a new window to the Gmail home page, where you can create a new Gmail account. Once you finish creating your account, close that window to come back here.
If you already have the Gmail account you want to use with Outlook, skip right down to step 1 of the procedure.
- In Outlook 2010, click the File tab on the Ribbon. In the “File” menu that appears, click Info to display the “Account Information” screen shown below.
- Click Add Account to open the “Add New Account” page of the “Auto Account Setup” wizard.
- Select the E-Mail Account option, then enter the name you want to use with this account in the Your Name field.
- Enter your full Gmail address in the E-mail Address field. Include the @gmail.com. If your company has a custom domain name for your gmail accounts enter that, like the example below this field shows.
- Enter your Gmail password in the two password fields. NOTE: Do not set either the Text Messaging (SMS) option or the Manually configure… option.
- Click the Next > button which will now be active. Outlook begins the automatic setup process. This can take several minutes.
That’s all it takes.
From here you can:
Configure Outlook to display Desktop Alerts for this account on the Adding Desktop Alerts page.
Configure Outlook to open to the Gmail IMAP folders, rather than the default Outlook Inbox at this Set the Startup Folder page.
Go to the main Outlook 2010 email accounts page.
Go to the Outlook 2010 home page.
Learn how to import your Gmail contacts into Outlook 2010.
Learn how to link contacts to messages.
Go to the pages that tell you how to make a manual Gmail Outlook connection. You should only need to do this if you want to make a POP3 connection from Gmail to Outlook or if for some reason the automatic IMAP setup process failed.
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