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Key Points

  • To set up an Internet e-mail account, you need some details, including your logon name, password, and the names of your ISP’s SMTP and POP3 servers.

  • You can check mail using a free Hotmail or MSN account using Outlook Express.

  • With Internet e-mail accounts, mail is downloaded to your computer. With Web-based accounts, Outlook Express synchronizes the contents of folders on your computer and on the Web-based mail servers.

  • If you have an AOL e-mail account, you need special software to send and receive e-mail with Outlook Express.

  • Normally, Outlook Express checks for new messages every half-hour, although you can change this interval to be more or less frequent.

  • You can send e-mail using plain text or create Web-style messages using rich text (HTML) format, with fancy fonts and even pictures.

  • When you receive a file attachment, always be alert that it doesn’t contain a computer virus.

  • Outlook Express makes it easy to organize your messages using folders.

  • You can set up message rules that allow Outlook Express to automatically file messages for you as they come into your Inbox.

  • If e-mail isn’t immediate enough, you can use Windows Messenger to instantly contact friends and family members who are online.


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