How to setup IMAP for Gmail on Outlook-Part 2

Sunday, October 12, 2008 Posted by Aman Jain

Enabling IMAP on Outlook

Now it’s time to setup an account on Microsoft Outlook 2003 for this purpose. It works the same on any client that supports IMAP, which includes even mobile device applications like Outlook for Windows Mobile.

First click on Tools > E-Mail Accounts, Click on the Add a new e-mail account radio button and click Next. Click on the IMAP radio button. Enter all the necessary information such as your name and Gmail e-mail address. You will need to enter the IMAP server address and the SMTP server for the outgoing mail. If you are using some other IMAP service or one provided by your ISP, enter that information here.

For Gmail users, enter the IMAP incoming server address as and the outgoing server as Enter the username for the account as your Gmail address in its complete form – In the case of Gmail, additional security features need to be enable and set. Click on the More Settings button for that. Click on the Outgoing Server tab and enable and checkbox for My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication. Set it to use the same settings as your incoming mail server.

Next, click on the Advanced tab, Gmail’s IMAP incoming server runs on port 993 so set it to that and the Outgoing SMTP server’s port to 465. Click the checkboxes of both the servers to enable SSL. Click OK when done.

Downloading and accessing the mails

When the setting have been put in place, Outlook or the mail client you are using will download the mail structure used on the server. In the case of Gmail, there are not any folders but just labels. New folders with the exact same labels on Gmail will be created in your mail client. You will notice that IMAP is initially slow as it needs to download mail folders and the topics in each one of them. Unlike POP3, all the mail isn’t downloaded together for offline use. It is continuously synchronized with the Gmail server.

Every change that you make in any client anywhere will be affected on all the clients simultaneously. This means, you can actually composed a draft on your local client and save it to the Gmail drafts folder, and you can send it anytime from any other computer or device.

Folders in Gmail

Gmail doesn’t use folders but it uses labels which are somewhat the equivalent of folders in your mail client. New labels can be created through Gmail’s setting option. You can also create labels in Gmail by creating new folders within the IMAP folder on your local client. To dump mails into a folder on Gmail, set a label for the mail. Do this by clicking on the checkbox of a mail and clicking on the more Actions dropdown menu and selecting a label from there.

Gmail has loads of free space and this can also be used to backup all of your previous mails online. IMAP acts as an easy gateway to this. Simply drag and drop the folder from your mail client to the IMAP folder. Mails will be automatically uploaded to your Gmail account. You will never have to worry about losing your e-mail ever again.



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    yes gmail is great because of these features
    i still remember when yahoo gave the sercie for free and i was so happy to use outlook as my def client
    that was pop3.
    but then yahoo made that a paid service and gmail came to the rescue
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