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How to set up your hosted email in Windows Live Mail

Hosted emails are a fantastic tool to add professionality to your business. With email hosting, you can create email addresses using your own domain name, e.g. yourname@yourdomain.com.au. This 'how to' outlines how to set up a hosted email for use with Windows Live Mail.

Note: Windows Live Mail is a mail program that can be downloaded for free from the internet.

⇒ Open Windows Live and go to Accounts > + Email

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⇒ Enter your email address, password and name, and check the box that says 'Manually configure server settings'

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⇒ Enter the server settings as shown in the following image, substituting your domain name and email username as provided by your email host.

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⇒ The outgoing server will be the mail server of your Internet Service Provider (ISP). See below for the server addresses of some of the popular ISPs.

ISP Outgoing Mail Server
AAPT mail.aapt.net.au
Bigpond mail.bigpond.com
Dodo smtp.dodo.com.au
Optusnet mail.optusnet.com.au
Three (3G Mobile) smtp.three.com.au
Virgin Mobile 3G smtp.virginbroadband.com.au
Vodafone 3G smtp.vodafone.net.au

If yours is not listed here, try searching for it online.

Note: Even though you are using your ISP's outgoing mail server, the recipients of your emails will only see your hosted email address as the sender of the email.

⇒ Click 'Next' to complete the setup. Your e-mail should be successfully configurated. Test that it is working by sending a test email to yourself. If there are already messages on the server, they should start to download straight away.

Sometimes, you may be required to configure additional settings. Contact your email hosting provider for the correct server settings.

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