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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Customizing Outlook Express

Fooling around with email is a time-honored time-waster. However, some of Outlook Express's options can actually be time-savers, including custom signatures, junk mail filters, and so on. This section covers a few of the ways you can bend the program to your will.

Managing Mail Accounts

As noted at the beginning of this chapter, Outlook Express can handle multiple email accounts. You might have one email address provided by your company, another by your ISP, and a third by Hotmail. To manage settings for your various mail accounts, choose ToolsAccounts, and then click the Mail tab (Figure 12-15).

To change the default account used when sending email, click the account you want and then click Set as Default. To export the settings for a mail account, making it quick and easy to setup the mail account again on a different computer, select the account, click the Export button, and then use the Export Internet Account dialog box to save the account settings to disk. Use the Import button to import previously exported settings.

Figure 12-15. To change the default account used when sending email, click the account you want and then click Set as Default. To export the settings for a mail account, making it quick and easy to setup the mail account again on a different computer, select the account, click the Export button, and then use the Export Internet Account dialog box to save the account settings to disk. Use the Import button to import previously exported settings.

The gateway to the account-fiddling screen is the Properties button. It summons a dialog box that offers five screens full of settings, which are described in the following sections.

General tab

The General tab, shown in Figure 12-16, is where you modify the name and email address used with the account.

Figure 12-16. On the General ...

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