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Chapter 20. Sending and Receiving E-Mail... > The Inbox: Getting and Reading E-Mai... - Pg. 241

Sending and Receiving E-Mail Missives 241 The Inbox: Getting and Reading E-Mail Messages Some people like to think of e-mail as a return to the days of belles-lettres and billets-doux (these people tend to be a bit pretentious). Yes, it's true that e-mail has people writing again, but this isn't like the letter writing of old. The major difference is that e-mail's turnaround time is usually much quicker. Instead of waiting weeks or even months to get a return letter, a return e-mail might take as little as a few minutes or a few hours. So, if you send out a message with a question or comment, chances are you get a reply coming right back at you before too long. Any messages sent to your e-mail address are stored in your account at your ISP. Your job is to use Outlook Express to access your account and grab any waiting messages. This section shows you how to do that and shows you what to do with those messages after they're safely stowed on your computer. Getting Your Messages Here are the steps to stride through to get your e-mail messages: 1. Outlook Express offers two different postal routes: · To only receive messages--Either drop down the Send/Recv toolbar button and then click Receive All, or select Tools, Send and Receive, Receive All. · To send and receive messages--If you have outgoing messages waiting in your Outbox folder, either drop down the Send/Recv toolbar button and then click Send and Receive All, or select Tools, Send and Receive, Send and Receive All. (Keyboardists can get away with pressing Ctrl+M.)