You know how every copy of Windows comes with Outlook Express, a basic, free email program? Well, every copy of Mac OS X comes with Mail, a slightly fancier email program that’s also free. Mail is a surprisingly complete, refreshingly attractive program, filled with shortcuts and surprises. Together with the high-octane Address Book program included with Mac OS X, you may never pine for your Windows setup again.
This chapter assumes that you’ve already transferred your email, addresses, and email account settings to Mail and the Address Book, as described in Chapter 6.
You get new mail and send mail you’ve already written in any of several ways:
Click Get Mail on the toolbar.
Choose Mailbox→Get All New Mail (or press Shift--N).
If you have multiple email accounts, you can also use the Mailbox→Get New Mail submenu to pick just one account to check for new mail.
Right-click Mail’s Dock icon, and choose Get New Mail from the shortcut menu. (You can use this method from within any program, as long as Mail is already open.)
Wait. Mail comes set to check your email automatically every few minutes. To adjust its timing or turn this feature off, choose Mail→Preferences, click General, and then choose a time interval from the “Check for new mail” pop-up menu.
Now Mail contacts the mail servers listed in the Accounts pane of Mail’s preferences, ...