WebMail is a web-email gateway which allows you to read and process your email from a web browser running on any machine with access to the internet. It is a full featured email client package which provides facilities to read new mail, send and forward messages, send and view attachments, use folders to organize your messages etc.
WebMail talks to a POP server but leaves your messages on the POP server so they can still be seen by any normal POP email client. However you can delete or reply to your messages or move them to WebMail folders, in all these cases they will be removed from the POP server as you would expect.
WebMail can also use IMAP protocol and talk to an IMAP server. In this case your messages and folders are all stored on the IMAP server. You can thus see and manipulate all the same email messages and folders you can access from any standard IMAP email client, but from any web browser anywhere on the net. You can also swap backwards and forwards between any other IMAP client and WebMail.
Briefly . . .
To use WebMail, point your World Wide Web browser at the appropriate URL such as:
Then enter your Username and Password to login and process your new mail. It's that simple but for more details read on...
This User Manual guides you through the various pages of WebMail, noting the functions of all of the Buttons, Links, Check Boxes and Text Fields. For new users there is also a glossary of terms. Words or acronyms which have a glossary entry are shown thus URL* clicking on them will take you to the relevant glossary entry.
Before you can use WebMail you need to login. When you run WebMail you will be presented with the login page:
WebMail - Web Mail Client
WebMAil is a web based email system, it lets you read / delete / forward / file the new mail that is waiting on your local mail server, attachments can be viewed or downloaded, and new messages can be sent, including attachments.
If you are the system administrator of this site and you wish to register this copy of WebMail then you should click here WebMail v1.4s to enter order details.
To login you must first supply a valid username and password. This username and password should have been supplied to you by your computer service center or ISP.
The Login page may also contain a box in which you can enter the name of an email host to connect to, this is optional. The WebMail Administrator will have assigned a default POP or IMAP server for use with WebMail. So, as a user, as long as you use the correct URL* in your web browser then you'll automatically log in to the correct location. So you do not have to enter anything in the 'Enter Host' box.
Once you have logged in, WebMail will check the POP/IMAP server and will display a list of messages that are available. You should see a screen something like this:
lynden INBOX 8 messages (POP)
The screen is divided into two portions, the Menubar and the email List Page. The Menubar contains buttons to take you to other pages for setting up user options, creating messages etc. The menu buttons are described briefly below:
This button selects the INBOX or "New Mail" folder and displays a list of messages in that folder. This is called the list page.
This will take you to the new message page which allows you to create and send a new email message.
This pull down Menubar displays the list of hosts you have been set up in the user options. Changing the selected server and then clicking on the INBOX button will take you to the INBOX of that host.
This will take you to the user options page. Allowing you to change your signature, add additional email hosts as well as changing other user options. For more details see User Options.
This will take you to folder management page, where you can delete, rename or create new folders. For more details see Folder Management.
This will take you to the address book facilities available in WebMail. Also displayed here are the pick list and distribution lists. For more details see Address Book Management.
This button will empty the WebMail trash. This will remove messages (from any folder) that has been marked as deleted. i.e. messages that have ' next to them.
This will bring up a popup window with a list of new messages in it. It will check for new mail every 5 minutes. You can then use the main browser window to go to other web sites. While the popup window is open your WebMail account will stay open.
This button displays this help file.
This will log your out of WebMail. If you do not cleanly logout of WebMail then the message: Please Note: You did not Logout from last session. will be displayed the next time you login.
When you first login you will be viewing your INBOX folder and will see a screen like this:
This is a single email line. It shows the subject and sender of the email and icons representing status such as read/unread. Clicking on the subject of the email will display the entire email message. Clicking on forward will take you to the "Forward" page so you can forward the message to someone else. The flag icons have the following meanings:
the last three flags you can click on to toggle their status. e.g. change from deleted to undeleted.
The list of email messages that have been ticked will be forwarded.
This will delete the selected messages, or flag them as deleted or move them to the trash can. Which of these three actions is taken depends on how the administrator has set up message deletion for WebMail.
This button will empty the trash folder or delete messages which are marked as deleted.
The selected messages will be copied to the chosen folder. You cannot copy messages to the INBOX.
The selected messages will be moved to the chosen folder. You cannot move messages to the INBOX.
A number of links are provided for moving to the previous or next message or returning to the Mail List page. You can also delete or save the message to disk. You can also reply to the message or forward it to someone else. The difference between reply and reply-all is that the reply-all will send replies to all the addresses in the To and Cc fields, while reply will only send the reply to the 'Reply-To' or 'From' addresses.
You can also change the viewing options of this email selected. There are 5 options available:
Raw This forces the body of the message to be display as it is is stored on the POP or IMAP server.
Show Headers This forces the complete set headers of the email to be displayed
Return-Path: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: from 184.108.40.206 ([220.127.116.11]) by 18.104.22.168; Fri, 17 Dec 1999 09:04:47 +1200 Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-to: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Testing New Mail. X-Mailer: WebMail to Mail Gateway v1.4o Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 09:04:46 +1200 Message-id: <email@example.com> X-Rcpt-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Variable width font This will display the body of the message in a variable width font instead of a fixed width font.
Inline Images This will tell WebMail to try and display any images and html contained in the email.
Enable Attach HTML, Scripts, Forms and Applets When viewing HTML inline, WebMail for security reasons, removes scripts, forms and applets. Checking this box will leave these with the HTML. This setting unlike the others will not be saved and you need to check this each time you want to see the scripts, forms and applets
This is the address that replies to this message will go to. So if you entered email@example.com in the field when someone replied to your message the reply would go to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the subject line of the message. This gives an indication of what the email is about so that the recipients can tell if they want to read it.
You are allowed to attach any file to your email. Some administrators have limited the size of emails that can be sent and you should talk to your admin about this before attempting to send very large attachments.
This button will clear the last selected 'To, Cc or Bcc' field. Removing all the addresses typed in.
This button will popup the quick address book. Allowing you to select people from your address book, to enter directly into the 'To, Cc or Bcc' fields. For more details see Address Book Management.
Pick List and Distribution List
This lists the 30 most recently used email addresses and distribution list names. Clicking on an item in this list will copy the address to the selected 'To, Cc or Bcc' field. This allows quick selection of who should receive this email.
This will check the spelling in your message. It allows you to change misspelled words or add new words to your user dictionary.
Messages which you plan to use over and over again, or emails that you do not have time to finish can be saved for later use. Saving the message as a draft will store the message on the server until you are ready to send it. You need to select a folder to store draft messages in.
These 3 check boxes you can select and will be remembered from session to session.
The first one 'Add Sig' will add your signature to the end of the body of the email.
'Send CC to Self' will also send a copy of the email to your own email address so that you can see the email was sent.
'Save to copies to self folder' This will save the email message to your "copies to self" folder. This is similar to "Send CC to Self" but does not involve the overhead of actually sending and receiving the message.
Once you have finish writing the email message you can press this button and the message will be sent.
The above screen displays all the user options that you can set. Allowing you to set your Real Name, Signature, Multi-Host and Mail Filtering Rules.
WebMail allows the users to setup multiple POP/IMAP servers by entering the Host, username and passwords. The IMAP prefix is used only with IMAP servers. This determines where Email is stored on the IMAP server within the users home directory. Consult your computer services department about this setting. The first line in this table is the default setting and normally does not get changed by users. This is setup by the administrator of the system.
This saves the user options.
These filters are applied to messages in your INBOX. When you check the INBOX every message that has not been filtered before will be checked against these filtering rules. Allowing you to more, copy or delete emails as they arrive..
Rebuild Message Indexes
This rebuilds the POP folder indexes. (This is a repair mechanism which should normally not be required).
This page allows you to change and maintain your email folders. These folders are normally stored on the web server so are only visible from WebMail. When using IMAP hosts folders are stored on the IMAP server and hence are accessible from other IMAP clients as well as from WebMail.
You can create, rename and delete folders.
WARNING: When you delete a folders it will also delete all the messages stored in that folder.
The Folder List at the bottom of the page shows for each folder: the number of messages, total size of all the messages and status totals for messages read, drafts, messages marked for deletion and replied to.
Clicking on the folder name in this list will take you directly to the mail list page for that folder.
ADDRESS BOOK MANAGEMENT
Pressing the "Address Book" menu button will take you to the address book page show below, this has three sections:
The pick list is just a list of your thirty most recently used email addresses. The list is updated automatically but you can edit it manually and then press save.
There is a tick box for "Add addresses automatically" if this is ticked when you send an email the addresses from the To, Cc and Bcc fields are added to the pick list. Similarly when you receive emails their From address is added to the pick list.
Some times you have a small group of people you often want to send emails to, such as "my cousins" or "football team" You can give these groups names so that you can send email to everyone in the group just by entering the group name. The distribution list is where you can save time in retyping multiple email address. If you have a group of people that you are continually sending email to you can setup a label (e.g. work) where you just have to type this in instead of everyone's email address every single time. You can also use address book nick names in distribution lists.
This screen displays the email addresses in the selected address book, in this case the default address book. If you wish to change the details of a single entry, all you need to do is click on the nickname and enter the new details. The above example only allows you to enter Full name, email address and Address, but the system administrator can add any additional fields required such as Fax, Notes or whatever.
To add a user to the selected address book, all you do is enter the details including the Nickname, which is the name that you will use instead of their email address. Then press
Each nickname must be unique. If the nickname already exists then the values will replace the old ones. Clicking on the nickname on the right will load that users details and display them.
The button is also available in the 'New Message' screen. This makes the following appear in a popup window.