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 .

  • 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 ...

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