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Starting Mail

Whether you want to exchange e-mail with colleagues and friends or join newsgroups to trade ideas and information, Mail provides you with all the tools you need. When you install Mac OS X Panther, an icon for Mail appears in the Dock. As you receive e-mail messages with the Mail application open or hidden, the Mail icon in the Dock tells you how many new messages are in your Inbox. The first time you start Mail, you need to set up an e-mail account by answering a few step-by-step questions. If you are switching from another e-mail application to Mail, you can import your mailboxes and e-mail messages into Mail by answering a few questions. You can set Mail as your default e-mail application so that whenever you click an e-mail link on a Web page or select the mail command in your Web browser, Mail opens.

Start Mail

Display the Dock on the desktop, and then click the Mail icon.

If you have a .Mac account, Mail automatically creates an e-mail account using your Mac information.

When you start Mail for the first time, the application asks you:

  • If you want to import mailboxes from another e-mail client. If so, click Yes, and then follow the on-screen instructions (see details on the next page). Otherwise, click No.

  • If you want to view new features in this version of Mail. If so, click Yes to view a list. Otherwise, click No.

  • If you don't have an e-mail account, follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your account.


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