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Q: Netscape Mail & setting screen names ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Netscape Mail & setting screen names
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: tvr-ga
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Posted: 21 Jul 2003 22:21 PDT
Expires: 20 Aug 2003 22:21 PDT
Question ID: 233614

I've been using netscape mail for my email and would like to configure
and receive emails for two separate email accounts simultaneously -
and automatically maintain these emails in two separate folders. How
best is this done?

Previously, on my old laptop, I had setup different screen names for
netscape and Netscape asked the user to choose from these screen names
prior to launching itself. I had configured a different email ID for
each screen name (so that the email boxes for each email account were
distinct and separate). However, I'm having difficulty in setting up
the same on netscape 7.0 on my new laptop. If this is still the best
way to achieve the purpose (of maintaining two distinct email
accounts) please guide me on how to set this up.

Subject: Re: Netscape Mail & setting screen names
Answered By: sycophant-ga on 22 Jul 2003 04:14 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

This should be pretty straight forward. 

I don't currently have Netscape 7 installed, but I have Mozilla 1.4,
which is from the same codebase, and behaves much the same.

I just tested it on my own computer and it was as simple as creating
two email accounts.

This is done by going to: 'Edit -> Mail & Newsgroup Account Settings'
in Netscape mail.

Once in the account settings, click 'Add Account' to add a new POP or
IMAP account. It will create a set of mailboxes for that account in
the left-side of Netscape Mail.

I currently have three. I can compose for any of them (and it will
default to being from the account which I am currently reading). Each
of my mail accounts has it's own Inbox, Drafts, Templates, etc... They
are all seperate and can have their own rules and settings.

I hope this answers the question. Let me know if it doesn't work for


Request for Answer Clarification by tvr-ga on 24 Jul 2003 13:36 PDT

Thanks for the information. I was able to setup my new email account
successfully. However, there seems to be only one outgoing mail server
that can be setup! So, if I am sending out emails from either of the
accounts, it would be using the same outgoing mail server and username
(for example:

Is there any way we can work around this and create distinct outgoing
mail servers for each account too?


Clarification of Answer by sycophant-ga on 24 Jul 2003 15:34 PDT

You should be able to send emails as being from either account (when
you are in compose mode, you can select the 'from' in a dropdown box).

Generally you would not have more than one outgoing mailserver, due to
the nature of SMTP. Normally you will send all outgoing mail,
regardless of the 'from' address, through your ISPs SMTP server. It
will usually be configured to handle any mail to any address, from any
address, so long as the connection comes from a customer's IP address.

Under the Mail & Newsgroup Account settings, you can add additional
SMTP servers, by going to 'Outgoing Server (SMTP)' and selecting

However, it should not generally be needed. With my one SMTP server
(my ISPs one) I have accounts configured that allow me to send email
from three seperate usernames at three seperate domain names.

Here is what the Mozilla Mail help file has to say about SMPT servers:

Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings - Outgoing Server (SMTP)

Even if you have multiple mail or news accounts, you generally need to
specify only one outgoing (SMTP) server to handle the delivery of your
outgoing mail.

If you are not already viewing the Outgoing Server (SMTP) settings,
begin from the Mail window:

   1. Open the Edit menu and choose Mail & Newsgroups Account
Settings. You see
      the Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings dialog box.
   2. Select the Outgoing Server (SMTP) category.

    * Server name: Mail & Newsgroups uses the outgoing (SMTP) server
name that
      you entered using the Account Wizard, or that was specified when
      migrated this account from a previous version. To change the
      (SMTP) server name, type it in Server Name field.
    * Port: If necessary, enter the port number for the SMTP server.
If no port
      number is specified, the default port is used.
    * Use name and password: If your SMTP server requires
authentication to send
      mail, select this option to be prompted to enter your user name
      authentication password. Then enter your user name. The first
time you
      send mail, you will be prompted to enter your authentication
    * Use secure connection (SSL): If your outgoing SMTP server is
configured to
      send encrypted mail, you can choose how often you want to use
SSL (Secure
      Sockets Layer). If you are not sure which option to choose,
check with
      your ISP or system administrator.
    * Advanced: Click this option to set up additional outgoing SMTP
servers or
      to change the default SMTP server. Keep in mind that using more
than one
      SMTP server can cause errors in sending mail."

I hope this helps, it is all that is really possible with
Netscape/Mozilla Mail.

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