Adding the First Mac OS X Mail Account in Mail 1.2.5

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This page shows instructions for an old version of the Mac OS X "Mail" program that is not included with new Mac computers. Unless you have an older Mac with Mail version 1.2.5, you probably want to read the "Apple Mail" page instead.

These instructions assume you're setting up the Mac OS X Mail program and it's showing you a window similar to the one below:

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If you aren't seeing this window, you probably want to read Adding a New Account to Apple Mail 1.2.5 instead.

Before you continue, you should enter your email address (the address you want to set up in Mail) in the yellow box at the top of this page. Entering your email address makes sure that the instructions below are correct.

Setting up Mail

Follow the instructions below to set up the Mac OS X Mail program to send and receive email.

1. Enter your account settings in the "Welcome to Mail" window.

You'll be entering the following settings into the window:

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  • "Your Name" is the name that other people will see when you send them email. It should usually be your real name, such as John Smith or Joan of Arc.
  • Type your email address into the box marked "Email Address". The address must be the email address of the POP mailbox you created in your account management control panel.
  • Enter mail.tigertech.net as the "Incoming Mail Server" name.
  • Leave "Mail Server Type" set to POP.
  • Type your email address again as your "User Name". (The user name must be all lowercase).
  • Use your email password which you chose when you created this email address. (This password may be different from your master account password.)
  • Enter mail.tigertech.net as the "Outgoing Mail Server" name.

Click OK when finished.

2. Ignore the warning message if it appears.

In some cases, you may see a warning message that looks like the one below:

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If you see this message, it means your ISP is trying to force you to use their own outgoing mail server. We'll fix that in a later step, so you can ignore the warning message and click Continue.

3. The Mail program asks you if you want to import mailboxes.

A window will ask if you want to "import mailboxes from another email client". Since this is a new mailbox, click No.

4. The Mail program may offer to let you "see what's new".

Click No to continue.

At this point, it may look like the Mail program is ready to go. However, there are a couple of other changes we need to make to the settings.

5. Open the Preferences.

Using the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Mail, then Preferences.

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6. The Accounts window opens.

Make sure the account you just created is highlighted, then click Edit.

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7. The Account Details window opens.

The window should look like this:

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Click the Options button at the bottom of the window.

8. The SMTP Server Options window appears.

Change the window settings to look like this:

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  • Change the "Server port" from 25 to 587. This makes sure that your ISP will not block connections to our mail server.
  • Check the Use Secure Sockets Layer checkbox. This makes sure that outgoing mail connections to our server are encrypted for your security and privacy.
  • Choose Password from the "Authentication" menu.
  • Type your email address again as your "User Name". (The user name must be all lowercase).
  • Use your email password which you chose for this email account. (This password may be different from your master account password.)

When finished, click OK to close the SMTP Server Options window.

9. Click the Advanced tab.

In the advanced window, check the Use SSL checkbox.

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The "Port" number will automatically change from 110 to 995. This is correct; you should leave it as 995.

Turning on the Use SSL checkbox makes sure that your connections are encrypted for security and privacy when you check for incoming mail.

10. Close the Account Details and Accounts windows.

Click OK to close the Account Details window, then click the red close icon in the top left of the Accounts window.

Setup is complete

You're finished! Try sending yourself a test email message to make sure it works.