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Setting up your Account

Click on the Network icon to move to the network configuration page. It contains the settings that tell KMail how to send and receive your email messages. You will see two tabs on the right-hand side: Sending and Receiving . You need to set up both, so let us look at them each in turn:

Sending Messages

The Sending tab provides a list of ways to send messages. The first item in the list is the default way to send messages. Using the Add... button you can choose between two different ways of sending messages: SMTP and Sendmail . sendmail here means a local software installation — this has a reputation of being difficult to set up, so if you do not already have a working sendmail configuration, choose SMTP and fill in the Name field with a descriptive name (e.g. My Mail Account ) and the Host field with the name and domain of your mail server (e.g. ). You will probably not need to change the Port setting (the default is 25 ).

A description of the other options can be found in the full KMail manual. Click on OK to close this dialog, and then click on the Receiving tab.

Receiving Messages

To set up an account so you can receive mail, press the Add... button in the Receiving tab. You will then be prompted for the type of your email account; most users should select POP3 or IMAP . If you wish to use a different system, consult the KMail manual.

You will then be presented with the Add account window. First, fill in the Name field to name your account. You can choose any name you like. Login , Password , and Host should be filled in with the information you gathered earlier. You should not usually need to change the Port setting.

You are now ready to send and receive mail. For IMAP, just open your folders in the folder tree in KMail's main window. KMail then connects to your server and displays the messages it finds. For POP3 use File -> Check Mail .

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