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Creating an email account

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Video: Creating an email account

In order to use Mail, you need an e-mail account. Now as you recall when we set up this Mac, we signed up for a .Mac account and so once the Mac was set up, our .Mac account was immediately put into Mail and you can tell that it was because you choose Mail - Preferences and click Accounts and there is our .Mac IMAP account. Well it's quite possible you don't have a .Mac account. Yet you need some kind of account in order to get your mail. So let's create one. We're going to create a POP account and one specifically from Gmail and the reason we're doing it from Gmail is because Gmail is free. If you go to Google.com, you can sign up for a free e-mail account there, and that's what I've done. So I'm going to add that Google account now. I go to the bottom of the window and I click the plus button.

Creating an email account

In order to use Mail, you need an e-mail account. Now as you recall when we set up this Mac, we signed up for a .Mac account and so once the Mac was set up, our .Mac account was immediately put into Mail and you can tell that it was because you choose Mail - Preferences and click Accounts and there is our .Mac IMAP account. Well it's quite possible you don't have a .Mac account. Yet you need some kind of account in order to get your mail. So let's create one. We're going to create a POP account and one specifically from Gmail and the reason we're doing it from Gmail is because Gmail is free. If you go to Google.com, you can sign up for a free e-mail account there, and that's what I've done. So I'm going to add that Google account now. I go to the bottom of the window and I click the plus button.

With Leopard's Mail they've made it very easy to add common kinds of e-mail accounts. Let me show you how that works. My name is Chris Breen. The e-mail account I signed up for the name is chrisbreen5@gmail.com.

Notice when I entered that Gmail extension that this option appeared: Automatically set up account. I will then click Create. Notice that Mail is very smart, as I said about common e-mail types. It understands Gmail. It understands Yahoo and it understands AOL, and a lot of other e-mail services. So I don't have to go in and configure this kind of arcane information. For example Incoming Mail Server.

I don't know that off the top of my head. I suppose I can contact Google and find out what that information this. Or the Outgoing Mail Server, which is SMTP. How would I know that? Well the only way I'd know is I'd have to content Google, and they would tell me. This doesn't work for every Internet Service Provider. It's quite possible that when you sign up with an ISP they will give you these values and you won't be able to automatically set them up inside Mail. Instead you'll have to walk through a configuration process and enter that information. I'm not going to do that because it's quite simple to set it up in Gmail, and it can be a little confusing. Know that the assistant though is pretty good and so as long as you have the information you need, which would include IMAP Server or POP Server or Outgoing Mail Server and you have your Username and your password you should do pretty well. As you walk through, the Setup Assistant will check to make sure that the servers really are working and are communicating and if they are it will tell you and it will allow you to proceed.

Once you finish you'll end up with a configuration like this, where you can select your e-mail account and you will see your e-mail address, and the Incoming Server, Outgoing Server and those kinds of things. And now that we've created an account let's do something with it. And in order to do, let's close the Accounts window. And we'll do something such as compose and retrieve e-mail in the next video.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

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Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 54s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 54s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 55s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 41s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 34s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 42s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 51s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 51s
  10. 28m 4s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 45s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 39s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 32s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 32s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 11s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 22s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 45s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 13s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 20s
  16. 15m 9s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 1s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 26s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 27s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 36s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 41s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 49s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 23s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 35s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 59s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 44s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 20s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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