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Create a POP Account

"POP" stands for "Post Office Protocol".

A POP account downloads mail to your local computer by default. Often, when a message is downloaded, it is deleted from the ISP’s mail server. This prevents you from reading the same messages when you go to a different computer. Some mail clients, including Entourage, let you tell POP servers to leave mail on the server for a certain period of time. This allows you to read the same messages again from another computer, if necessary. You might want to do this if you read your mail from computers at work and at home, or on a desktop and a laptop computer. Even if you are using a single computer, it is a good idea to leave messages on the server for a day or two, in case you accidentally delete them from your local computer and wish to download a second copy.

The advantage of POP mail is that you have your messages with you and can peruse them even while you are not connected to the Internet, which is particularly desirable if you use telephone dial-up access to the Internet. The disadvantage is that it is difficult to keep multiple computers synchronized

Information you need to set up your accounts:

  • what type of mail account you have (POP/IMAP/HotMail/MSN*/Exchange)
  • your E-mail address
  • your account ID and password
  • addresses of your incoming and outgoing mail servers.

Use Assistant

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. Select: Mail,
  3. Click New. Select Account type:
  4. Follow the instructions in the Account Setup Assistant to set up the account.

See Screenshot for POP Settings