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Microsoft Outlook Express Internet Mail setup.

New Automated Outlook Express Setup program

  • Download and setup takes about 5-10 minutes.
  • WARNING - do not overlay any existing file. (if it says,  this file  "already exists, do you wish to replace this file" say no and call us or ask someone for help, or use the "run this program from its existing location" option instead)
  • Down load the program to your desktop. (that means select the folder "Desktop")
  • Click here to download our Outlook Express Email Setup program. (Click here to download using ftp.)
  • Click on the new icon on your desktop.

MANUAL Setup Instructions

To create a new or additional email account

  • Enter outlook express ( Click mail, read mail from Internet Explorer or Click Start, Click programs, Click Outlook Express)
  • click tools on the top menu bar
  • click accounts
  • click on the mail tab
  • (remove any old or extra email accounts)
  • click add
  • click mail
  • enter your name
  • enter you email address
  • pop3 is correct
  • incoming pop3 mail server is: mail.usfamily.net  (or your domain if not usfamily.net)
  • outgoing smtp server is: mail.usfamily.net (or your domain if not usfamily.net)
  • logon using: (enter the first part of you email address up to the @ sign - i.e. for jsmith@usfamily.net enter jsmith)
  • do not click secure connection
  • account name enter: usfamily.net
  • click dial using phone line
  • click existing account
  • click the usfamily.net selection (or connect to our phone number one)
  • click close
  • NOTE: if you chose a different domain such as usjet.net or uscorp.net then use these server names instead of usfamily.net!
  • To test your setup, practice sending yourself emails and replying to them!

 

If you have a usfamily.net account already which you need to update

  • Enter outlook express ( Click mail, read mail from Internet Explorer or Click Start, Click programs, Click Outlook Express)
  • click tools on the top menu bar
  • click accounts
  • click on the mail tab
  • (remove any old or extra email accounts)
  • click (highlight) the usfamily.net account
  • click properties
  • click the general tab
  • enter your name
  • enter the full email address i.e. abc@usfamily.net
  • click the servers tab
  • incoming pop3 mail server is: mail.usfamily.net  (or your domain if not usfamily.net)
  • outgoing smtp server is: mail.usfamily.net (or your domain if not usfamily.net)
  • logon using or Account name: (enter entire email address i.e. jsmith@usfamily.net )
  • do not click secure connection
  • click the connection tab
  • select dialup
  • click the usfamily.net selection (or connect to our phone number one)
  • click apply or ok
  • click close
  • NOTE: if you chose a different domain such as usjet.net or uscorp.net then use these server names instead of usfamily.net!
  • To test your setup, practice sending yourself emails and replying to them!

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remember if your mailbox domain is @usjet.net, @usgo.net etc. replace all usfamily.net with your domain name!!

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SIGN YOUR NAME WITH SIGNATURES
If you've ever received an e-mail from someone who includes a bunch of personal gobbledygook at the close of their message, you've seen what is called a signature. The equivalent of a signed name in the offline world, e-mail signatures give you an easy way to include important contact information in your messages.

Creating a signature in Outlook Express 5 is easy.

1. Click on the Tools menu and select Options.

2. Click the Signatures tab and select the New button to create a new signature.

3. In the Edit Signature box on the bottom, type in the message and contact information that you want to include in your outgoing mail. Typical signatures consist of:

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Company
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Your favorite quote!

4. When you're satisfied with your signature's appearance, click the Apply button on the bottom to activate the signature. You may want to rename the signature, instead of accepting the default name "Signature#1." Do this by clicking the Rename button in the Signatures field. If you have multiple accounts set up, you'll definitely want to do this so that you don't have to guess which signature to include.

Other options include the ability to automatically attach your signature to all outgoing messages. Click the checkbox at the top of the window to do this. It may not make sense to do this, however, because if you're e-mailing a close friend, he or she will already have that information, and it will be just wasted bits and bytes. Plus, attaching a signature often creates a feeling of formality, and that's usually unnecessary with close acquaintances.

5. You can also click the Advanced tab at the bottom to choose which e-mail and newsgroup accounts to which you want to assign your signature. Finally, if you have your signature stored in a text or HTML file, click the File radio button at the bottom and browse your desktop to locate and insert it into your file.

6. Now, when you're finished typing a message, go to the Insert menu and select Signature. If you only have signature set up, it will be entered by default. If you have multiple signatures, however, you can choose which to include. Just be sure to name them accurately.

CREATE A NEW IDENTITY
If two people or more share a POP mail account with Outlook Express, you might want to set up multiple identities. Similar to Netscape's Profiles, multiple identities allow you to basically have a separate copy of the program on the same computer. No more sharing your POP mail account with Junior! Here's how to do it:

1. Click the File menu

2. Select Identities > Add New Identity

3. Type a name for this identity and decide whether you want to password-protect it. Then, choose a password or hit OK.

4. Outlook Express will then prompt you whether you want to switch to your new identity. If you select Yes, you will be taken through the new Internet connection wizard, where you can configure the e-mail account that you want to associate with the new identity. If you hit No, you'll be taken to the Manage Identities window, where you have the option to create another identity, remove an Identity, or view the identity's properties. Finally, you can select the default identity that is used when you launch Outlook Express.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY WITH MESSAGE RULES

Message Rules are an invaluable feature of Outlook Express. Basically, rules are filters you configure that take action on an incoming message based on conditions you set.

For example, if you are plagued by spam, you may want to set up a message rule that will take any message with the word "free" in the subject and move it to the Deleted Items folder, so that you won't have to deal with it. It's not a perfect way to combat spam, but it helps.

To set up message rules, highlight Tools > Message Rules > Mail on the menu bar. This will bring up the New Mail Rule window. Setting up a message rule is a four-step process:

1. Select the conditions for your rule:
here are several options here, so scroll through the available list. The most obvious conditions are when the message subject contains a certain word, when the message is from a certain person and when the body contains certain words. But, there are other options, such as when the message is marked as a priority. When you select a condition in section 1, you will notice that in section 3 the condition appears. You will have the opportunity to specify the condition further in step 3.

2. Select the actions for your rule:
Once you've selected a condition, you need to tell Outlook Express what to do with the message. For unwanted mail, you'll probably want to delete it when it matches your condition. But another useful application is to filter your incoming mail from friends or colleagues into topical folders. For example, you could have a folder for messages from your best friend, and have the messages routed into the folder as soon as they're received. In essence, it's a way to save you time.

3. Rule description:
If your rule contains a word with a blue hyperlink, click it to specify the rule's properties. For example, if you want to delete all incoming mail with "free" in the subject, you will click the blue link and enter the word "free" in the text box.

4. Name of the rule:
Finally, enter a descriptive name for your new message rule, so you can easily remember what it's used for. Hit OK and your message rule is complete. You may want to send yourself a test message matching your conditions to see if it works to your satisfaction; if not, simply revisit Tools > Message Rules > Mail, and you'll see your message rule on the list. Edit it by clicking Modify.

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