Options in Outlook Express

Important Note: If you are still using Outlook Express, I urge you to migrate to another safer email program. There are several email programs that are free and will not cause as many problems as Outlook Express.  A popular replacement for Outlook Express is Thunderbird.

New users (and sometimes not new users) for Outlook Express can easily get overwhelmed about all of the options and where to find them. Just because Outlook Express comes free with Windows doesn't mean it is a simple program!

The following screenshots help explain where to find things and how to change them in Outlook Express.

Screenshot General Tab
This is the first screen that opens when you click on Tools/Options. Here you find the basic stuff, like open Outlook Express in my Inbox.

Screenshot Read Tab
How do you want to get your email? You choose here.

Screenshot Receipts
I don't like Receipts, I think they are mostly unnecessary and use bandwidth. Receipts are mostly for business purposes.

Screenshot Send Tab
Choose what you want here.

Screenshot The Compose Tab
How do you want your message to look? Choose your font and make other choices here.

Screenshot The Signature Tab
Want to save a little time? Make a Signature file. You can make a lot of them, customize for each person you send messages to!  More information about signatures is located on the Signature page.

Screenshot The Spelling Tab
 If you made straight A's in spelling and never make typos, then you probably don't need to worry about spelling, the rest of us need to click the Spelling tab and set this up to avoid being embarrassed. Note, if you don't have Microsoft Word or Works installed you will need to get a spell check like iespell.

Screenshot The Security Tab
To make sure your Outlook Express is set to the level of security you want, check the Security tab. These settings are important, make sure you set them!