How do I configure Mac OS X Mail for my Email Accounts?

The following article explains how to download mail from your cirv account using Mac Mail for Mac OS X. The directions will vary based on the OS you are running:

Leopard (Mac OS 10.5) | Tiger (Mac OS 10.4) | Panther (Mac OS 10.3) | Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2)


To configure Leopard (Mac OS 10.5), please follow these steps:

  1. Open the mail program by clicking the Mail icon in the dock.
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  2. If this is your first time using the mail program, begin using the wizard.
  3. Enter the requested account information:
    • Full Name: the users full name
    • Email Address: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address

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  4. Click Continue.
  5. Enter the requested incoming mail server information:
    • Account Type: select POP
    • Description: a description of the mail account, this is optional
    • Incoming Mail Server: mail.domainname.xyz
    • User Name: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address

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  6. Click Continue.
  7. Enter the requested outgoing mail server information:
    • Description: a description of the mail account
    • Outgoing Mail Server: mail.domainname.xyz
    • Check Use Authentication
    • User Name: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address

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  8. Click Continue.

By default, messages will be removed from the mail server after a select period of time. To alter these settings, please follow these steps:

  1. From the Mail menu, click Preferences.
  2. Select the Accounts tab.
  3. Select the account and click Advanced. 14
  4. Adjust the interval or uncheck Remove copy from server after retrieving a message to disable this setting.


To configure Panther (Mac OS 10.3) or Tiger (Mac OS 10.4), please follow these steps:

  1. Open the mail program by clicking the Mail icon in the dock.
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  2. If this is your first time using the mail program, click Continue to begin using the wizard.
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  3. Select POP as your connection type.
  4. Enter the requested incoming mail server information:
    • Incoming Mail Server: mail.domainname.xyz
    • User Name: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address

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  5. Click Continue.
  6. Enter the requested outgoing mail server information:
    • Outgoing Mail Server: mail.domainname.xyz
    • Check Use Authentication
    • User Name: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address

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  7. Click Continue and then click Finish.

By default, messages will be removed from the mail server after a select period of time. To alter these settings, please follow these steps:

  1. From the Mail menu, click Preferences.
  2. Select the Accounts tab.
  3. Select the account and click Advanced.
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  4. Adjust the interval or uncheck Remove copy from server after retrieving a message to disable this setting.

To configure Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2), please follow these steps:

  1. Open the mail program by clicking the Mail icon in the dock.
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  2. If this is your first time using the mail program, enter the requested information:
    • Your Name: the mail users name
    • Email Address: the email address the messages will be sent from
    • Incoming Mail server: mail.domainname.xyz
    • Mail Server Type: select POP
    • User Account ID: the full email address
    • Password: the password for the email address
    • Outgoing (SMTP) Mail Server: mail.domainname.xyz

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  3. Click OK.
  4. You may be prompted to import your email. This option is voluntary. 3
  5. Once the account is setup, from the Mail menu, click Preferences. 4
  6. Select the account you created and click Edit. 5
  7. Uncheck Use authentication when sending email. 6
  8. Click OK.
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