Settings for 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.

Sometimes we get so frustrated by our software programs! Just how do I get my program do to what I want it it to do? After awhile, if you use Microsoft programs you sort of get an idea how to find things, but sometimes stuff just isn't where you expect it to be.

So after you get your Outlook Express all set up to get your email, now you need to 'fix' Outlook Express to look and feel the way you want!

The following screenshots should help you set up your Outlook Express. You don't have to use the same settings I show here, but I do recommend most of them.

The first screenshot is what you see right after you set up your new account.

Screenshot Make Outlook Express Default?

Next start the customizing! Hide the Contacts! This is still available to you by clicking on Tools/Address Book. Just click the little x to hide the Contacts.) If you like seeing the Contacts on the main page, just leave them there. But removing them here makes more room for viewing folders.

Screenshot Hide Contacts

Now make even more room and make Outlook Express safer to use.

Screenshot Turn off the preview pane!

You can customize other settings here too. The settings shown here are how I have mine set up. Just see how much more room you have to view your messages!

Screenshot My Outlook Express layout.

Set up for security! Click on Tools/Options and then click the Security tab. Here is how I have mine set up!

Screenshot My Security Settings
Keep Outlook Express clean!
Screenshot The Maintenance tab

Where are my Outlook Express files on my computer?

Screenshot Outlook Express files

If you can't see anything when you go to the Store location for Outlook Express, you need to enable viewing hidden files and folders.