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Tip: After it’s done, Entourage tries to communicate its success or failure by playing a cheerful chime—one
for “You’ve got mail,” a different one for “You’ve got no mail,” and so on. You can change these sounds,
opt to have Entourage ﬂash the menu bar instead, elect to have Entourage bring itself in front of your other
open Mac programs when there’s new mail, or even choose a completely different sound set. All of this
fun awaits in the Entourage→General Preferences→Notiﬁcation tab.
In the list on the right side of your screen, the names of new messages appear in
bold type. Folders containing new messages show up in bold type, too (in the Folder
list at the left side of the screen). The boldface number in parentheses after the word
“Inbox” lets you know how many of its messages you haven’t yet read.
Finally, after messages are downloaded, Entourage applies its ﬁlters—what it calls
Rules—to all new messages, putting mail from mailing lists into speciﬁc folders, for
example. More on rules on page 345.
The Progress window
While it’s connecting to the Internet and transferring messages, Entourage displays
brief details of its activity at the bottom of the main window. If you’d like more
detail, open Entourage’s Progress window, as shown in Figure 8-4, by choosing
Window→Progress or pressing c-7.
Checking a speciﬁc email account
You don’t have to check all of your email accounts whenever you want to get mail.
Suppose, for example, that you want to send a message to yourself, from your work
account to your home account. In that case, you’d want to send/receive mail only
from your ofﬁce account; if, later in the day, Entourage also downloaded messages
from your home account, you’d wind up with the same message in your ofﬁce Mac’s
copy of Entourage, defeating the whole purpose.
Top: The Progress window ﬁrst appears as a small window
with a ﬂippy triangle on the left side.
Bottom: When you click it, the window shows you all of the
details when it makes a network connection: what server has
been checked, the number of messages left to be downloaded,
where they’re coming from, and how much of each message
has been downloaded.