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2. Quick-guide to mail setup

2.1 Starting Sylpheed-Claws for the first time

When starting Sylpheed-Claws for the first time, you will be guided through the first basic steps of the setup. First a pop-up window will show up and you will be asked to define the directory Sylpheed-Claws will use to store your messages and folders. This directory will be created under your home directory (or under C:\windows\Application Data\Sylpheed on windows). The default name for this directory is "Mail".

Then the account preferences window shows up. Based on your configuration (local UNIX mailbox or POP account), read one of the following sections for the next steps of the configuration.

2.2 Setup for reading your Unix mailbox in a hurry

Settings in the remaining tabs can usually be left at default values.

The Receive tab is not used in this setup, since you are not polling a server, your mail is delivered to you.

In the Send tab you can select headers and SMTP authentication.

In the Compose tab you can define your signature file.

In the Advanced tab you can edit the portnumbers for the servers you will be using. This normally will need no change.

This is basically everything you need to start using Sylpheed-Claws for local mailboxes. You can select "Message -> receive new mail" or press the shortcut and see if there is new mail!

2.3 Setup for reading POP3 mail in a hurry

Settings in the remaining tabs can usually be left at default values.

The Receive tab offers advanced POP3 options.

In the Send tab you can select headers and SMTP authentication.

In the Compose tab you can define your signature file.

In the Advanced tab you can edit the portnumbers for the servers you will be using. This normally will need no change.

This is basically everything you need to start using Sylpheed-Claws for POP3 mailsystems. You select "Message -> receive new mail" or press the shortcut and see if there is new mail!


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