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Q & A  >  email set up

What information do I need
to set up an account on my
email client?

Before you start, it's worth having someone knowledgable on hand if you're not used to this sort of procedure. It can be a little confusing. Hopefully, however, all you'll need is the information below.

1. Get an email address

First you need to set up an email address through an email provider. Using a search engine or local directory, enter the keywords 'email provider' or similar, followed by the name of your country or city. There are international services available too if you prefer.

Alternatively, check with local telecommunications companies to see if they provide an email service. , or you can try setting up a webmail account, then synchronise your email client with it (go here for more on this option).

2. Set up your client

To configure your email client [?], you'll need the following information. This should be made available to you by the company that provided your email address. If not, or if you can't find it, contact the provider and ask.

  • Your username
  • Your password
  • Email address
  • Server type (POP or IMAP)
  • Incoming mail server
  • Outgoing mail server

You may also need port settings. Often those required by your provider will correspond to the default settings in your email client, but sometimes they will differ. Test your email with the default port settings, and if it doesn't work, contact your provider.

Where you should enter this information varies from program to program, but you'll generally be looking in the "Preferences" or "Tools" menu for "Account Settings". Open this up, then enter the details in the relevant boxes.

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