In order to get, send, and organize your email, you
need to communicate with the systems that send,
receive, and store it. To do this, you need to know
a few critical pieces of information.
You need to have a userid to identify yourself to
the systems involved, a password to prove that
you're the legitimate user of that userid, and
you've got to be talking to the right machine, the
right way, for the right purpose.
Userid and Password
You've been assigned a UWuserid -- a
combination of letters and numbers based on your
initials and surname, designed to be unique in its
first eight characters. It'll be something like
jq2public, and is commonly called your
login name or userid.
You likely have at least two passwords for use
on campus with your UWuserid:
To read and send mail with engmail, you'll need
your UWuserid, and your Nexus
- your UWdir password for use with Quest and UWdir,
- your Nexus
password to log into those systems.
The simplest way to read and send mail is with
where you can also access your files, send mail to
the consultants, and much, much more. It's accessible
through any web browser, anywhere in the world.
Instead, you may want to use a mail
client such as Thunderbird, Eudora, or
Outlook Express. To do this, you'll need to
configure your client.
Configuring your Client -- Outbox, Inbox, and
As with physical mail, more than one mailbox is
used to handle your mail:
- an OutBox -- someplace
to drop off mail that you're sending out,
- an InBox -- someplace
for the postman to deliver what's sent to you,
- MailFolders --
someplace to store mail once you've read it and
decided what to keep.