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Take Control of Apple Mail in Lion by Joe Kissell

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Set Up Your Accounts

In Mail 5.x, account setup is as easy as it gets. In Mail’s Accounts preference pane, click the plus image2.png button at the bottom. Fill in your name, email address, and password, and click Continue. (See the sidebar just ahead for another way to set up accounts.)

Mail then attempts to figure out everything else it needs to know, such as your account type (POP, IMAP, iCloud, or Exchange), the names of your incoming and outgoing mail servers, and whether to use SSL. This works surprisingly well for most email providers.

If Mail can’t figure out how to set up your account automatically, it does the next best thing, which is to run an assistant ...

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