Yahoo!There are a lot of articles and videos circulating about how to set up Yahoo! POP3 email accounts in Outlook 2007, Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook Express, etc.  Yahoo! requires users to pay for a premium subscription to have POP3 access.  Most of these proposed solutions are a bit dated as of the time of this writing, and almost all of them involve changing your regional or location settings to Yahoo! Asia.  None of these seem to work any more; my settings didn't even have Yahoo! Asia as an option.  Besides, who wants to pay to have Yahoo! email offline on your computer when it is free on the Yahoo! Mail web site, and even on your mobile phone?

Maybe Yahoo! has grown wise to the situation by now, or the 2011 Google issues with China has, let's say, "adjusted" the Internet relationship between the United States and China (a large part of Asia).  Whatever the case may be, in the Northeastethern US, changing any of the POP3 settings in the Yahoo! Mail web interface hasn't worked.

The good news is that Outlook 2007 supports IMAP as well as POP3 email setups.  This article provides an alternate way to set up Yahoo! within Outlook 2007 that does work.  It involves using IMAP mail settings, instead of POP3. IMAP synchronizes content with the server better anyway...

  1. Open Outlook 2007 and navigate to Tools > Options and select the Mail Setup tab.  Click on the E-mail Accounts button:
    Mail Setup
  2. On the Account Settings page, click New...
    New Account
  3. Make sure Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP or HTTP is selected, and click Next:
    Add new email account
  4. On the Add New E-mail Account page, check the box next to Manually configure server settings or additional server types, and click the Next button:
    Manually configure server settings
  5. On the Choose E-mail Service page, select Internet E-mail and click Next:
    Account type
  6. On the next page, enter the following info, where Your Name is the name you want to appear in emails you send, and YourYahooID is your full Yahoo! email address.  Don't forget to select the Remember Password check box.  Don't click on Next just yet.  Click the More Settings button:
    Initial account info
  7. Select the Outgoing Server tab, and check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.  Make sure that Use same settings as my incoming mail server is selected:
    Outgoing server authentication
  8. Now select the Advanced tab, and enter the information as it appears below:
    Advanced server settings
  9. Now click on OK to close the Advanced settings, then click on the Test Account Settings... button:
    Test settings
  10. You should see a window open entitled Test Account Settings; Outlook will try to test the Send and Receive settings, and display the results:
    Test Results
  11. Both tests should have green check marks next to them and say Completed.  If not, go back and check your server settings in steps 6, 7 and 8 above.
  12. If everything worked as it should, click Next and then Finish.  You can then close the Accounts and E-mail Options windows.


Enjoy using Yahoo! email in Outlook 2007!  Hopefully this helps someone else who's frustrated with trying to set up Yahoo! in their Outlook 2007 client.