Setting Up Mail
What you see the first time you open Mail (by clicking its icon in the Dock, for example) may vary. If you’ve signed up for a Mac.com account (and typed its name into System Preferences as described in The Software Base Station Effect), you’re all ready to go; you see the message viewer window described in Figure 20-3.
If you’re using any other kind of account, though, you confront the dialog boxes shown in Figure 20-1, where you’re supposed to input various settings to specify your email account. Some of this information may require a call to your Internet service provider (ISP). Here’s the rundown:
Account Type is where you specify what flavor of email account you have. See the box in Up to Speed: POP, IMAP, Exchange, and Web-based Mail for details; check with your ISP if you’re not sure which type you have.
Account Description is for your reference only. If you’re the type to have an affectionate nickname for your email account, for example, type it here.
Full Name will appear in the “From” field of any email you send. Type it just the way you’d like it to appear.
Email Address is the address you were assigned when you signed up for Internet services, such as email@example.com.
Incoming Mail Server, Outgoing Mail Server is where you enter the information your ISP gave you about its mail servers. Often, the incoming server is a POP3 server and its name is related to the name of your ISP, such as popmail.mindspring.com. The outgoing mail server (also called the SMTP ...