Netscape Communicator

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This page explains how to set up the free Netscape Mail e-mail program to send and receive e-mail for a POP mailbox that you've created.

Before you continue, you should enter your e-mail address (the address you want to set up in Netscape Mail) in the box above. Entering your e-mail address makes sure that the instructions below are correct.

These instructions are based on Netscape Communicator 7.2 for Windows, although other versions since 7.0 are similar. (If you're using a version older than version 7, see our instructions for other mail programs for the settings.)

1. Start the Netscape Mail program.

When Netscape Mail opens, click File, New, and Account from the menu bar.

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2. The Account Wizard screen will appear.

Click Email account, then click Next.

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3. The wizard asks for your name and e-mail address.

The wizard first asks for your name. This is the name that other people will see when you send them e-mail. It should usually be your real name, such as John Smith or Joan of Arc. Enter the name you want other people to see when you send them e-mail.

Then enter your e-mail address, and click Next. The address must be the e-mail address of the POP mailbox you created in your account management control panel.

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4. The wizard asks for your server settings.

Select POP as the server type.

Type as the name of your incoming and outgoing servers, then click Next.

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5. The wizard asks for your "user name".

Your user name is the same as your e-mail address.

Type your e-mail address as both your "Incoming User Name" and "Outgoing User Name", then click Next. (Both user names must be all lower case).

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6. The wizard asks for an "account name".

We recommend that you choose your e-mail address as the account name to avoid confusion.

Type the account name, then click Next.

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7. The final wizard screen displays your settings.

Check the settings to make sure they don't contain any errors, then click Finish.

Make sure Download messages now is not checked, as you still have to make some additional changes before your e-mail account is ready to use.

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While the wizard has collected the basic information needed to receive e-mail, a couple more very important things are needed to make sure that you can send mail and that your connection is encrypted. Continue with the steps below to finish setting up Netscape Mail.

8. Open the Properties window for your new account.

Right-click on your e-mail account (click on the name with the right mouse button) and select Properties

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9. Configure your outgoing server settings

Select Outgoing Server (SMTP) from the lefthand menu.

  • Type as the name of your server and set the port number to 587.
  • Check the box labeled Use name and password, and type your e-mail address as your User Name. (The user name must be all lowercase). You will be asked for your e-mail password when you first try to send e-mail.
  • Finally, click the button marked TLS, if available, which enables a secure connection. This ensures that anyone who can eavesdrop on your Internet connections (such as a neighbor with a WiFi card) won't be able to view your password or the contents of your e-mail.

The window should look like this:

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10. Configure your incoming server settings

On the left hand menu, you should be able to see the account you have created. Double click on this to expand the list beneath it, then click Server Settings.

Check the Use secure connection (SSL) checkbox. This should automatically change the "Port" number to 995. The Server Name and User Name should not need changing.

Finally, click OK to save the changes.

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Setup is complete

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