Apple Mail 2.1

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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 2.1, you probably want to read the "Apple Mail" page instead.

Follow the instructions below to set up the Mac OS X "Mail" program to send and receive email. These instructions are based on "Mail" version 2.1. (If you're using a version of Mail before 2.0, see this page 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.

1. Start the "Mail" program.

If you haven't previously added an account to Mail, you may see the window below:

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If you see this window, click Continue and skip to the next step.

If you don't see this window, click File, then Add Account:

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In either case, you'll be taken to the "General Information" screen.

2. Enter the "General Information" settings.

Enter the settings shown below on the "General Information" screen:

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  • "Account Type" should be "POP". (Our servers also support IMAP if you prefer it, but these instructions explain the simpler POP setup.)
  • "Account Description" can be any text you choose. Make it your email address if you're not sure what to enter.
  • "Full Name" is the name that other people will see when you send them email. It should usually be your real name, such as Steve Jobs.
  • Type your email address into the box marked "Email Address". The address must be the email address of the mailbox you created in the account management control panel.

Click Continue when finished.

3. Enter the "Incoming Mail Server" settings.

Enter the settings shown below on the "Incoming Mail Server" screen:

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  • Enter mail.tigertech.net as the "Incoming Mail Server" name.
  • Type your email address again as your "User Name". The user name must be all lowercase.
  • Use the email password you chose when you created this email address. Remember that your email password is not necessarily the same as your master account password.

Click Continue when finished.

4. Enter the "Outgoing Mail Server" settings.

The outgoing mail server settings will be almost identical to the incoming settings. Enter the settings shown below:

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  • Enter mail.tigertech.net as the "Outgoing Mail Server" name.
  • Make sure the Use Authentication checkbox is checked.
  • Type your email address yet again as your "User Name". The user name must be all lowercase.
  • Use the email password you chose when you created this email address. Remember that your email password is not necessarily the same as your master account password.

Click Continue when finished.

5. Review the "Account Summary".

The account summary screen should look like this (except with your name, of course!):

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Verify that everything is correct, then press Continue.

6. The "Conclusion" screen appears.

This screen appears:

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Click Done.

Initial setup is complete

You're finished with the initial "Mail" setup. Your program should now work for sending and receiving mail.

However, you should also do one more thing — verify that Mail chose the correct "port number". If Mail chose the wrong port number, you may not be able to use Mail when you travel with your computer, and your ISP may block outgoing mail from your computer in the future. Please click here to continue to the next page and verify the port number.