By default, Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Mail application already includes one (or more) accounts when you first run it, depending on the information you entered when you installed Snow Leopard. But you can add more accounts when you need to.

To add a new account within Mail, choose File→Add Account to open an Accounts Assistant that leads you through the process. That's easy enough, but if you want to have more control and add an account manually, follow these steps:


Choose Mail→Preferences and click the Accounts button.

The Accounts pane opens.


Click the Add button.

This is the plus sign at the bottom-left corner of the window. The General Information pane opens.


Type your full name in the Full Name field and press Tab.

Messages that you send appear with this name in the From field in the recipient’s e-mail application. If this is to be an anonymous account, enter whatever you like as your identity.


Type your e-mail address.

One would have been assigned to you by your ISP.


In the Password field, type the password.

Again, the password is supplied by your ISP for login to your e-mail account.


Click Continue.

If Mail recognizes the type of account you’re using, the assistant may offer to automatically complete all the required settings for you! (If the account is recognized, the Continue button switches to a Create button. Smile proudly and click Create, and you’re done.) If your account isn’t recognized by Mail, just go to the next step.


Click the Account Type pop-up menu and choose the protocol type to use for the account.

You can select an Apple MobileMe account, a Post Office Protocol (POP) account, a Microsoft Exchange 2007 account, an Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) account, or a standard Microsoft Exchange IMAP account. If you’re adding an account from an Internet service provider (ISP), refer to the setup information that you received to determine which is right. Most ISP accounts are POP accounts.


In the Description field, type a name and then press Tab.

For example, Work and Mom’s ISP are good choices.


In the Incoming Mail Server text box, type the incoming mail server address and click Continue.

Your ISP will provide this information for you. If your ISP requires a login for security, you need to enter your server username and password.


On the Incoming Mail Security sheet, click the Authentication pop-up menu and choose the authentication scheme used by your incoming mail server.

Unless you’re told differently by your ISP, the default choice — Password — is likely correct already.


Click Continue. Then on the Outgoing Mail Server sheet, type a description for the server and press Tab.

This is typically the ISP name.


In the Incoming Mail Server text box, type the incoming mail server address.

This is supplied by your ISP.


If your ISP requires your e-mail application to authenticate the connection, select the Use Authentication check box and type the username and password

The username and password are supplied by your ISP.


Click Continue on the Account Summary sheet and click Done on the Conclusion sheet.

You’re done! The new account appears in the Accounts list.