Apple Mail 10.2

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Mail Setup in Mac OS X 10.2.x

This tutorial will show you how to set up the built-in mail program, "Mail," which comes with Mac OS X 10.2.x.

Once you've opened Mail, click on the menu labeled "Mail," and select "Preferences."

Click on the menu labeled Mail and select Preferences.

Then, in the "Accounts" section of the window which opens up, you will want to click on "Add Account."

Click on Add Account to create a new account.

Now, you must fill in the appropriate account information.

  • Click on the "Account Type" pulldown menu, and select "POP"
  • "Description" can be whatever you like, but it is recommended that you use something descriptive.
  • "Email Address" should be your Sonic.net email address.
  • "Full Name" should be your name, or whatever text you'd like to be seen as your name when you send email.
  • "Incoming Mail Server" should be "pop.sonic.net"
  • "User Name" should be your Sonic.net login name
  • "Password" is the password for your Sonic.net login name.
  • You can set the "Outgoing Mail Server" by clicking on the appropriate pulldown menu, and selecting "Add Server."
  • The "Outgoing Mail Server" should be "mail.sonic.net
  • The "Server port" should be "587" with "Authentication" or "465" with SSL
  • "User Name" and "Password" should be your Sonic.net username and password.

SMTP Server Options screen

Account Information settings

Next, you may want to take a look at the "Special Mailboxes" settings. Here is how we have our Special Mailboxes configured:
  • We keep a copy of every message we send from Mail.
  • We never erase messages in the junk mailbox, because we don't use Mail's built-in junk filtering.
  • We keep our deleted messages in a separate folder, but we remove them from Mail each time we quit the program, so they don't accumulate for long.

Special Mailboxes settings

Last, please take a look at the "Advanced" options.

  • "Enable this account" means that you will be able to send and receive mail from this group of mail settings.
  • "Include this account when automatically checking for new mail" means exactly what it says.
  • "Remove copy from server after retrieving a message" means that Mail will delete every message you download from pop.sonic.net after it's been downloaded, and after the time specified by the pulldown menu just below that checkbox. We have set our OS X Mail program to delete the messages right away.
  • You can use the "Remove now" button to delete any old mail on the server that's sitting there right now, if you wish.
  • "Prompt me to skip messages over [ ] KB" will let you tell Mail to not download messages larger than a certain size. Most people just leave this off. This will tell Mail to not download any particular message exceeding a certain file size. If you don't want to use it, leave the field blank.
  • If you're using SSL, the default port will be 995. If you're not using SSL, the port should be 110.
  • Authentication should be set to "Password."

That's it! Press "OK" and close the account window. You are ready to use Mail for OS X.


Mail Settings in Mac OS X 10.2

This tutorial will show you how to change the settings for your mail account within OS X's built-in mail program, Mail. The version used to make this tutorial came with OS X 10.2.

Once you've opened Mail, click on the menu labeled "Mail," and select "Preferences."

Click on the menu labeled Mail and select Preferences.

Then, in the "Accounts" section of the window which opens up, you will want to select your account, and click the "edit" button to the right of the "Description" window.

Click the Edit button to edit your account settings.

Next, you're presented with a window which contains three tabs, "Account Information, "Special Mailboxes," and "Advanced." First, let's look at the "Account Information" tab.

  • The "Account type" was determined when you set up the account. You cannot change it unless you delete this account and create a new one. The account type is "POP."
  • "Description" can be whatever you like, but it is recommended that you use something descriptive. This is just the description listed in Mail's list of email accounts.
  • "Email Address" should be your Sonic.net email address.
  • "Full Name" canbe your name, or whatever text you'd like to be seen as your name when you send email.
  • "Incoming Mail Server" should be "pop.sonic.net"
  • "User Name" should be your Sonic.net login name
  • "Password" is the password for your Sonic.net login name.
  • You can edit the Outgoing Mail Server by pressing the "Options" button.
  • The "Outgoing Mail Server" should be "mail.sonic.net
  • The "Server port" should be "587" with "Authentication" or "465" with SSL
  • "User Name" and "Password" should be your Sonic.net username and password.

Account Information settings

SMTP Server Options screen

Next, there are the "Special Mailboxes"

  • We keep a copy of every message we send from Mail.
  • We never erase messages in the junk mailbox, because we don't use Mail's built-in junk filtering.
  • We keep our deleted messages in a separate folder, but we remove them from Mail each time we quit the program, so we save hard drive space on our computer.

Special Mailboxes settings

Last, please take a look at the "Advanced" options.

  • "Enable this account" means that you will be able to send and receive mail from this group of mail settings.
  • "Include this account when automatically checking for new mail" means exactly what it says.
  • "Remove copy from server after retrieving a message" means that Mail will delete every message you download from pop.sonic.net after it's been downloaded, and after the time specified by the pulldown menu just below that checkbox. We have set our OS X Mail program to delete the messages right away.
  • You can use the "Remove now" button to delete any old mail on the server that's sitting there right now, if you wish.
  • "Prompt me to skip messages over [ ] KB" will let you tell Mail to not download messages larger than a certain size. Most people just leave this off. This will tell Mail to not download any particular message exceeding a certain file size. If you don't want to use it, leave the field blank.
  • If you're using SSL, the default port will be 995. If you're not using SSL, the port should be 110.
  • Authentication should be set to "Password."

Advanced account settings

StartTLS in Mac OS X 10.2.x

This tutorial will show you how to set up the built-in mail program, "Mail," to use [/support/docs/start_tls.shtml StartTLS] secure authentication with outgoing email.

Open Apple Mail
Click on the "Mail" menu and select "Preferences
Click on "Accounts"
If nothing happens, then you're already looking at "Accounts." Click on the mail account you want to use in the "Description" window.
Click on "Edit" or "Edit Account" to the right of your account's description.
In the Account Settings box, click on "Options" below the SMTP server pulldown menu.
In the Advanced options, check the box that says "Use SSL." While you're at it, you can check the box that says to use authentication, and you can enter your username and password. Please note that some proxy software (frequently included with antiviral and firewall systems) may block this authentication.