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I don't want outlook express to come up for sending mail

by plymouth vacation / September 13, 2008 4:27 AM PDT

I have firefox, Mail with AOL, MSN. When i want to send a webpage that i am on to somebody, outlook express comes up to send the page. It is not programed, or able to send my stuff. I would like my aol or msn mail account to come up to send stuff or learn how to program outlook express to work. (I fill it out and it is undeliverable, does not recognize host)
If anyone understands what I am trying to say, please help.
Thanks,
Plymouth vacation:)

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That's a problem.
by Kees Bakker / September 13, 2008 4:38 AM PDT

IE (and Firefox, by the way) are programmed to use the email-program that's defined in Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs. So you're limited to the choices you find there. Tell what they are.

Then, after choosing one, you should configure it to send mails via your mail-provider. Their help-pages should tell you how to do that. It's possible if that mail-provider (be it aol or msn) has the option to send via something called pop3/smtp. Do they?

A possible solution if they don't: you can connect a (new) gmail-account to Outlook Express. See http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=76150
If you configure that account (in Outlook Express) to have replies sent to your aol-account or your msn-account, you've reached a workable situation, I think. You can send (using OE), and you get any answers in your regular account.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Great answer!
by plymouth vacation / September 13, 2008 5:08 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a problem.

Thanks Kees,
I went into control panel, internet properties, programs, and i had at one point chosen outlook express I guess. I now chose AOL desktop and my mail came up! the process was quick and/solution was quick and easy.
I am still not sure how outlook express works. pop3? incoming/outgoing server? I would think incoming and outgoing would be the same server Anyway,
Thanks again,
Kathy

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Glad it was so easy to solve. Thanks for posting back.
by Kees Bakker / September 13, 2008 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Great answer!

Incoming is the 'machine' used by the mail-provider to send mail to you. Outgoing is the 'machine' they use to accept the mail send by you. Those are different things, so they have different machines for it. They have a lot of machines, in fact, because they have a lot of things to do.

But if AOL works, it's totally unimportant for you. So better forget about it.

Kees

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