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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 email@example.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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