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Now that Outlook.com supports IMAP email I'd like to set up Mail.app (on OS X 10.7.5) to use it rather than POP for that account. I have it set up on my Windows and Android machines, so I know it works.

The issue is that Mail's auto configuration only detects the POP servers when I try to add a new account, and there are no manual configuration options to set up the IMAP details. Is there any way to add an account and show the necessary configuration options?

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Do you set it up as an "other" type mail account? That should give you the option. –  Neil Neyman Sep 21 '13 at 16:55
    
Nevermind I just realized you're not talking about iOS. Duhh sorry. –  Neil Neyman Sep 21 '13 at 16:57
    
Try leaving password blank when you first enter info. Worked on 10.7.8 at least. –  Neil Neyman Sep 21 '13 at 17:00
    
Hmm, Mail appears to remember the password despite the account having been removed and the computer restarted. If I leave the password blank it connects anyway which seems... wrong. –  velvetkevorkian Sep 21 '13 at 17:16
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looks like you have a solution below for that now! –  Neil Neyman Sep 21 '13 at 17:18

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tl;dr - Enter an incorrect password when setting up the account for the first time


  1. Open MailAccounts….

  2. Click the + to add an account.

  3. Select Add Other Mail Account… and click Continue.

  4. When the password is required, enter an incorrect password.

  5. It will request that the account be configured manually.

  6. Follow the instructions to add your mail configuration.

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This isn't what I'm getting. When I leave the password blank it connects to the POP server anyway. That seems wrong... The account was previously set up as a POP account in mail, before I deleted it to reconfigure. Would that make a difference? –  velvetkevorkian Sep 21 '13 at 17:19
    
@velvetkevorkian Instead of leaving it blank, try entering a random incorrect password. –  George Garside Sep 21 '13 at 17:20
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Ah, that seems to do the trick. How intuitive. Thanks! –  velvetkevorkian Sep 21 '13 at 17:22

Note: Possibly only relevant in Lion, Mail.app v.5.3
Turns out it's bypassable if you hold alt down. The "Create" button then changes to "Continue".

Not entirely on-topic protip: alt often changes the behavior of buttons to allow "power-users" to actually get things done which lusers probably shouldn't be bothered with. Try it on some menubar-items, e.g. the volume.

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