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Configuring Netscape Messenger Client 4.x for GMU Email 
[If you have an existing e-mail account and want to keep it, 
create a new user profile account for your MEMO mail.]
The protocol is a bit different with later versions of Netscape.

You don't have to use Netscape email client to use your GMU email.You can access your GMU e-mail by typing http://mail.gmu.eduin your browser (for ex., either Netscape or IE) window. Hare are the instructions for Web-based GMU email: http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/memo/memo_www.htm. One advantage of using the Web version is you can access it anywhere you have access to the Web; whereas, your Netscape Messenger program must be configured on the local computer.

Activate your account at http://mail.gmu.edu and click on Activating my Account.

Forgot your password? Click on I Forgot My Password.

Download Netscape 4.x: http://www.gmu.edu/email/memo/downloads.htm

Configuring Netscape Messenger 
1. Launch Netscape Navigator.
2. Click on Edit. This will bring up a drop down menu.
3. Click on Preferences. This will bring up the Preferences window.
4. Click on Mail & News Groups ( left side). This brings up the Mail & Newsgroups window. Make sure that there is NO check mark  beside Use Netscape Messenger from MAPI-based  applications. 
5. Look at the left-hand side of the window. If there are no items visible under Mail & Newsgroups, Click on the little plus (+) sign beside it to bring up a list of sub-directories.
6. Click on Identity
7. When the Identity window appears, fill in your name and e-mail address (your e-mail address is your username@gmu.edu). Under Organization, type in an appropriate name, such as "George Mason University". 
8. Click on Mail Servers. This will bring up the Mail Servers window. 
9. Click on the Add button. (upper right-hand corner of the window) to bring up the Mail Server Properties window. If you have a mail server called mail (but NOT mail.gmu.edu) you will need to highlight it and REMOVE it before you can add a new mail server. Click the ADD button. (upper right hand corner of the window to bring up the Mail Server Properties window. (If you see a server listed here other than mail you should contact the UCIS Support Center for assistance - 703-993-8870.) 
10. Click on the General tab. 
11. In the Server Name box, Type mail.gmu.edu 
12. If it does NOT say IMAP Server in the Server Type box, click on the down arrow on the right-hand side of the box and Select IMAP Server
13. In the User Name box, Type your username (without the "@" extension info).
14. Make sure there is NO check mark beside "Remember password.
15. Place a check in the box beside Check for mail every 15 minutes 
16. Now click on the IMAP tab.
17. At this time you may want to put a check in the box next to  "Empty Trash on Exit" *
(*NOTE:  Selecting empty Trash on exit will delete your trash once you exit Netscape Messenger. You will not be able to recover material once you get back into Netscape Messenger).  If you want to take on the responsibility for deleting trash on your own you should NOT place a check in the box next to "Empty Trash on Exit." You will then need to manually empty your Trash folder on a regular basis or your account quota will fill  up and you won't be able to receive new messages. 
18. Click Ok (This returns you to the mail server set up.)
19. If mail.gmu.edu is not listed as the default server, click to highlight it, then select the "Set as Default" button.
20. Click OK (This returns you to the mail server configuration window) 
21. At the bottom half of the window click on the option for Outgoing Mail Server. 
23. In the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) Server type smtp.gmu.edu.
24. Click in the Outgoing Mail Server User Name box and type in your username (without the "@" extension info).
25. Under Mail & Newsgroups, place a check next to "Wrap Incoming Plain Text Messages" to properly format your messages for easy viewing. 
    *All other options on this page can be left as default settings 

Configuring Sent Mail Folder for Copies  (Optional) 

These directions set Netscape Messenger to automatically place a copy of mail you send into the "Sent" mail folder on the server (mail.gmu.edu) 

By default Netscape Messenger saves a copy of mail you have sent to your hard drive.  If you would like to save mail that you have sent on the server (mail.gmu.edu) instead you must set this option in Netscape's preferences. Saving your Sent Mail to the server provides a higher level of security and will allow you to access mail sent from the Messenger Client  when using the web client as well as when using the Messenger Client from a different machine. However, it will also take up more of your quota. Copies of your sent mail can only be stored automatically.

You should perform these steps after successfully logging into the George Mason University system: 
1. Highlight "Copies and Folders
2. Go To "When Sending a Message Automatically" and make sure there is a check in the first option "Place a copy in folder:...
3. Click on the button to the right that says "Choose Folder
4. You should see a new "Choose Folder" window and there should be dot in the space indicating "Folder Sent".
5. Click the down arrow to the right of the window where you see local mail and choose mail.gmu.edu 
6. Click Ok 

You are now finished configuring Netscape to retrieve your mail. 

Accessing Your Mail For the First Time 
1. From the Netscape menu (at the top) choose Communicator. 
2. Then choose Messenger
3. The messaging window will open and you will see a password prompt.
4. Enter in your GMU account password  (not your pin number or ID)
5. You should then see a window titled "... Inbox - Netscape Folders" (This may take a while to load your messages.)
6. Once you see your new mail you can click on each message subject and the message body will appear in the bottom half of the Netscape window. 

Configuring the GMU Directory Address Book 
[This configuration is optional. Allows you to have access to all GMU e-mail addresses. 
If you primarily use your personal address book you may not want to set up this option.]
1.  Open Netscape Navigator. 
2. Click on Communicator to bring up a menu. 
3. Click on Address Book. This will bring up the Address Book window. 
4. Click on File. This will bring up a menu.
5. Click on New Directory.  This will bring up the Directory Server Property window. 
6. At Description, Type: GMU Directory 
7. At LDAP Server, Type: directory.gmu.edu 
8. At Search Root, Type o=gmu.edu (not a zero) 

Leave all other settings as the default. 
9. Click on the OK button.  This returns you to the address book window. You should now have a new book called GMU Directory. 
10. To search the directory first highlight the directory. 
11. Then go to "Show Names Containing" window.  Type in the name of the person for whom you are seeking the e-mail address.  Then press Enter. 

The names and email addresses will appear in the window to far right. 

If you have questions, call 703- 993-8870, or e-mail support@gmu.edu.

* Also see instructions for using GMU e-mail via your Web Browser: http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/memo/memo_www.htm

These instructions are not an official GMU document. Comments and corrections are appreciated.
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