Configuring Outlook 2000 for Courier IMAP

[Other Mail Clients]

This document illustrates how to set up Outlook 2000 for use with Courier IMAP. It assumes that an account called mike has already been created on the server for the domain, and a password has been set. In all examples that follow, you should substitute your own account and domain ( for those shown.


Start Outlook

From the Tools menu, select Accounts....

You will now see the Internet Accounts box. Select the Mail tab, then click Add -> Mail.

The Account Wizard will now appear. Enter your name for Display name and press Next.

Enter email address for the account you are creating, then press Next.

Set the incoming mail server to IMAP, and enter your domain name for both Incoming Mail and Outgoing Mail. Then press Next.

You may alternately enter your ISPs SMTP server for Outgoing Mail. If you don't know what this means, just follow the example below.

Enter the full email address of the account you are creating for Account name, and enter the password for this account. Then press Next.

Select your connection type and press Next.

Click Finish.

You will now see the new account in the Internet Accounts window. Click Properties.

Under the General tab, change the title of the Mail Account to the full email address of the account.

Under the Servers tab, check the box that says "My server requires authentication", then click Settings. The settings should appear as shown in the second screenshot that follows.

Under the IMAP tab, set the Root folder path to "INBOX." as shown, then click OK.

You will now see the newly created account in the Folder List. Select the Inbox.

Select IMAP Folders from the Tools menu.

Make sure the box for showing only subscribed folders is not checked, then press OK.

From the Tools menu, select Download -> Folder List.

Optional: From the View menu, make sure Hide Messages Marked for Deletion is checked. If you do not do this, deleted items will still be visible, but will be shown with a line drawn through them. Most people do not like this behavior.

Restart Outlook

To ensure settings are not lost, you should now restart Outlook.

Outlook 2000 Bug

Outlook 2000 does not provide any easy way to store Sent messages on the IMAP server. If you cannot live with sent messages being stored locally in "Sent Items", see these instructions.

A Note on Outgoing Port: Many ISPs are blocking outgoing (SMTP) port 25. If you get everything configured properly but still cannot send mail, try setting the outgoing port to "587".