Mail.app is the software on your computer that you can use to send and to receive email. .Mac is the web service that Apple provides (assuming you're willing to shell out about a hundred clams
to get it). So no, they're not the same thing.<br><br>If you do have a .Mac account, then your email would look something like email@example.com. If you don't have a .Mac account, then it would be something like firstname.lastname@example.org or something like that.<br><br>Anyway, you don't need to have a .Mac account in order to use Mail.app. To set up the Mail.app, here's what you do.<br><br>1. Open Mail.app (click on the dock icon or double click on the application icon)<br>2. Since this is not the first time you've opened Mail.app, go to the Mail menu, and then choose the Preferences option.<br>3. In Preferences, click on the Accounts icon.<br>4. In the Accounts window, click on the Add Account button (or on the Edit button if you have an account already set up that you need to change). I'll assume you're working on a new account in what follows.<br>5. When the New Account window comes up, you'll first tell Mail what kind of account it is. If it's a .Mac account, set it up as such. The othe options are POP and IMAP--if you don't know what kind you have, let us know, but if it's not somethink like Yahoo or Hotmail, it's probably a POP account.<br>6. In the Description box, type a name for the account.<br>7. In the Email Address box, type in your own email address.<br>8. In the Full Name box, type in your real name<br>9. In the Incoming Mail Server box, type in the address of the server that your ISP tells you to use (for me, it's mail.verizon.net, for instance, cause I use Verizon as my ISP). If you do have a .Mac account, then the mail server is mail.mac.com regardless of what your ISP is.<br>10. In the Username box, type in your username for the account (the part of the email address that comes before the @ is normally the username).<br>11. In the Password box, type in the password for that account.<br>12. In the Outgoing Mail Server box, type in teh address of the server that your ISP tells you to use (in my case, it's smtp.verizon.net); if you are using a .Mac account, the server address will be smtp.mac.com. If there's already something in this box, and you want to change it, the pop up menu will let you change it. Just go to the Add Server option.<br><br>That should do it. If all this is still confusing, come back for more!<br><br>
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