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E-mail > Setup
Outlook Express

This article will show you how to configure Outlook Express to use your USFamily.Net email address. It will also show you some of the advanced configuration options that are available to you as well. The following topics are covered:

Automatic Setup
We have made it simple to setup your email address with USFamily.Net. If you use Outlook Express for your email client, simply download and run our setup program. Follow the instructions on your screen, and you will be ready to use your USFamily.Net email address.

Manual Setup
These are the instructions to manually configure Outlook Express to use your USFamily.Net email address.

  • Start Outlook Express
  • Click Tools on the top menu bar, and then click on Accounts.

  • Select Add, and then click Mail.

  • Type in your name, and then click Next.
  • Type in you email address, and then click Next.
  • Select POP3 for the incoming mail server type, and enter the following for the server addresses:
    • Incoming mail server: mail.usfamily.net
    • Outgoing mail server: mail.usfamily.net

  • Type in your full email address under Account Name, and your email password in the Password field. It is recommended that Remember Password is checked. Then select click on Next. Then you will select Finish.

  • Select your new email account, and then click on Properties.

  • Click on the Servers tab.
  • Check My server requires authentication.
  • Click Ok, and then Close.

Advanced Configuration Options
The advanced configuration options are not required to use your email address. They can make your experience more enjoyable if you require the features. Proceed at your leisure.

Signatures
If you've ever received an e-mail from someone who includes a bunch of personal information at the close of their message, you've seen what is called a signature. Email signatures give you an easy way to include important contact information in your messages. Follow these instructions to enable this in Outlook Express.

  • Click on the Tools menu and select Options.
  • Click the Signatures tab and select the New button to create a new signature.

  • In the Edit Signature box on the bottom, type in the message and contact information that you want to include in your outgoing mail.
  • Click on the Advanced button.

  • Select the email account you want to include this signature with. This will automatically add your signature to every email you write with that email account.
  • Click on Ok, and then click on Ok to save your signature and close the window.

Identities
If two or more people share a the same computer with Outlook Express and have separate email addresses, you might want to set up multiple identities. Similar to Netscape's Profiles, multiple identities allow you to basically have a separate copy of the program on the same computer. The following instructions will show you how to set this up.

  • Click the File.
  • Select Identities and then Add New Identity.

  • Type a name for this identity and decide whether you want to password-protect it. Then,choose a password or hit Ok.

  • Outlook Express will then prompt you whether you want to switch to your new identity. If you select Yes, you will be taken through the New Internet Connection Wizard, where you can configure the email account that you want to associate with the new identity. If you hit No, you'll be taken to the Manage Identities window, where you have the option to create another identity, remove an Identity, or view the identity's properties. Finally, you can select the default identity that is used when you launch Outlook Express.

Message Rules
Message Rules are an invaluable feature of Outlook Express. Basically, rules are filters you configure that take action on an incoming message based on conditions you set. A common use of this would be if you have your USFamily.Net spam mail filter set to Mark, it will add the word BULK: to the subject line of your email message. This example will show you how to setup a message rule to put your spam messages into a separate folder.

  • To set up message rules, highlight Tools > Message Rules > Mail on the menu bar. This will bring up the New Mail Rule window.

  • To set up message rules, highlight Tools > Message Rules > Mail on the menu bar. This will bring up the New Mail Rule window.
  • For the conditions, select Where the Subject line contains specific words. Move it to the specified folder.
  • In the rule description, click on contains specfic words.

  • You will want to add the word BULK: and click on Add. then click on Ok.

  • In the rule description, click on specified.

  • Select the folder you want to move the messages to, and then click on Ok.

  • Next you will want to enter a name for this rule, and then click on Ok. You will then be brought to the Message Rules window. Click on Ok to close it and save your message rule.

Advanced SMTP Authentication
If you use another company for your email, you will need to change your settings slightly in order to be able to send mail. These instructions will show you how to do this.

  • Select Tools and then Accounts.
  • Under the Mail tab at the top, highlight your mail account.
  • Click on Properties on the right hand side.
  • Click on the Servers tab at the top.
  • Under Outgoing server (SMTP), make sure it says mail.usfamily.net
  • Select My server requires authentication, and then click on Settings.
  • Select Log on using.
  • The account name is your full USFamily.net email address.
  • Password is the password for that email address.
  • Select Remember password.
  • Click Ok.
  • Click Ok and then Close.

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