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4. Set Up Your Accounts

Chapter 4. Set Up Your Accounts

In Mail 3.x, account setup is as easy as it gets. You start in Mail's Accounts preference pane by clicking the button at the bottom. Fill in your name, email address, and password, make sure Automatically Set Up Account is checked, and click Create.

Mail then attempts to figure out everything else it needs to know, such as your account type (POP, IMAP, .Mac, or Exchange), the names of your incoming and outgoing mail servers, and whether to use SSL. This works surprisingly well for most of the major email providers, including AOL, Yahoo!, and Verizon (see below for a further explanation about Gmail).

If Mail can't figure out how to set up your account automatically, it does the next best thing, which is to run an assistant that walks you through entering your account details. As long as you have the basic setup information that every email provider supplies to its customers, you should be ready to go in under two minutes.


  

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