Setting up Mail in Mac OS X

Tip: If you entered your email account information when you registered Mac OS X, you don't need to set up Mail again.

How to set up Mail

Tip: For Mac OS X 10.4 or later setup information, see this page, and also this one.

First, gather some information about your email account. Your Internet service provider or network administrator provides the information:

* Type of email account you have (IMAP, POP, or UNIX)
* Your email address
* Your account password
* Mail server ("host") name or names (such as
* SMTP password (if required)

Tip: Some Internet service providers may use one mail server for incoming and outgoing mail. Others may use two servers. If only one server is used, use the same server name twice where it is required by Mail. Examples of names would be "" and "".

Next, follow these steps to configure Mail:

1. Open Mail.
2. Choose Preferences from the Mail menu. If you have not yet set up any accounts, the Mail Setup window appears, and you can skip to Step 7.
3. Click the Accounts icon in the Mail Preferences window.
4. Click Create Account.
5. Choose the correct account type from the pop-up menu.
6. In the Description field, type any name you would like to use to identify the account. This is the name that will appear in your list of accounts.
7. Using the rest of the information you gathered, complete the rest of the fields. Be sure to click the checkbox to enable the "Use authentication when sending mail" option.
8. If desired, click the Account Options tabs to change the default account behavior.
9. Click OK when you are finished.

Repeat these steps for any other accounts you want to set up.

How to delete an account

Tip: Before deleting an account, save any messages you don't want to erase in a different location, such as the desktop or the On My Mac mailbox. If you are switching from a POP account to an IMAP account, set up the IMAP account first, then drag messages you want to save from the POP mailbox(es) to the IMAP mailbox(es), before deleting the POP account.

1. Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
2. Click Accounts.
3. Select the account you want to delete.
4. Click Remove.
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