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Macintosh Mail on OSX 10.4 & 10.5

NOTE:  When setting up your Bowdoin email using Mac Mail, we recommend using IMAP and not Pop. Using IMAP guarantees your email will stay on the email server.  This ensures that you can use Webmail to view your email from anywhere you have an Internet connection! (Setting up your email using Pop can mean that all of your email gets taken off the Bowdoin email server and moved onto your computer.)

The  settings for Mac Mail work the same for computers on and off campus.

Creating and Configuring an Account in Mac Mail:

Click on the File menu and choose Add Account...
In the Add Account window, type in your Name, Email Address and Password.

Add Account screen

Click Continue

At the next window, next to Account Type:, select IMAP.
Type a description for this account, e.g., "Bowdoin" or "Bowdoin email".
In the Incoming Mail Server: field, type: imap.bowdoin.edu
Type in your Bowdoin username and password.

Mac mail incoming settings

Click Continue
At the next window, in the Outgoing Mail server: field, type:   smtp.bowdoin.edu
Check Use Authentication
Type in your Bowdoin Username and Password.

outgoing server

Click Continue

Click Create

Click on the "Mail" menu and select "Preferences…".

Click on the "Accounts" icon at the top of the window.
Click on the the “Account Information” button at the top of the right frame of the window, if it is not already selected


Under the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): field, click on the “Server Settings button.”
In the Server Port field type in "587"
In the Authentication drop down menu select "Password"
Fill in the User Name and Password fields with your personal login information.


Click the "OK" button to close the window.

Click on the "Advanced" button at the top of the right frame of the window.

Apple Mail Advanced

In the Port field type in "993" and check Use SSL

In the Authentication drop down menu select "Password"

Click on the red X in the top left of the window to close Preferences.

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Jul 16, 2010