Mac OS X Mail.App

  1. Select “Preferences” from the “Mail” menu. You will see a screen like this: macmailprefs.jpg
  2. Fill it out this way:
    • The description can be anything.
    • Your email address should be whatever email address you want your mail to have. If you use (as shown above) then enter that. If you have a custom domain name (e.g. ‘’) and your email address is ‘’, then enter that.
    • Enter your Full Name the way you want people to see it in their email program.
    • Enter ‘’ for your email server.
    • Your user name is the userid that you use to login to your email server. It may or may not be the same as part of your email address.
  3. Click on the “Server Settings...” button. You will see a dialog box like this: macmailoutboundprefs.jpg
    • Be sure that ‘’ is your outbound server. Be sure no authentication and no SSL is checked here. Click the OK button.
  4. Look for the “Advanced” tab. Click that button (highlighted blue below). You will see the following options: advancedssl.jpg
    • Click on the “Use SSL” option.
    • Be sure “Authentication” is set to “Password.”
    • Be sure you have checked the “Remove copy from server after retrieving a message” option.
  5. That’s it for configurations. You should now be able to click the “Get Mail” button and download your mail.


Every time you run the mail program (at least with Mac OS X 10.3 and later) you will see this error the first time it talks to the mail server:


Unfortunately, it is hard to make that error go away. There are instructions at Good luck.

public/support/email/macos.txt · Last modified: 2006/04/02 01:55 by ooglek