Mail Setup Instructions: Netscape 6.x IMAP-SSL

Converting from POP to IMAP
Watching your quotas when using IMAP

Netscape 6.x with SSL-IMAP

IMAP is a mail download protocol which allows you to keep folders on the server and access these folders from multiple computers. This is great for users who don't use just one computer to check their email. With IMAP, users download a local copy of their mailbox and folders from the server. If you create folders on your computer, you must sync up with the server. However, you're not required to create folders. You can work with just one mailbox (your INBOX) if you like.

  1. From the Edit menu, choose Mail/News Account Settings
  2. Click on New Account at the lower left corner of window.
  3. Select ISP or Email provider and click Next. Fill in the following info: Your Name: your-real-name (e.g., Arthur Dent) Email Address: (e.g.,
  4. Click Next.
  5. Under the Server Information window, fill in the following: Server Type: IMAP Mail Server Server Name:
  6. Click Next
  7. Click Next again
  8. Under Account Name, type in This is used to identify this particular account. You can name it something else if you like (e.g. primate imap).
  9. Click Next
  10. Click Finish
  11. On the left window pane, click on Server under the Mail for heading. Make sure the following are set: Port: 993 Use Secure connection (SSL): Check Check for messages every: 10 minute (recommended; 5 minutes minimum) When I Delete a Message: Move it to the Trash Folder Check Empty Trash on exit if you want to remove deleted messages when you exit Netscape.
  12. Click Advanced... button, make sure the following is set: IMAP server directory: mail/ Show only subscribed folders: Unchecked Allow Server to override these namespaces: Uncheck
  13. Click OK
  14. By default, a copy of outgoing messages, drafts, and templates are saved in Sent folder under Local Folders. If you want to save it on the server also, change the settings under Copies and Folders AFTER you've checked mail once.
  15. Making sure the new "account" you created is selected, click Set as Default.
  16. Click on Outgoing (SMTP) server.
  17. Set Server Name to the mail server name of your ISP (Pacbell, AtHome, AOL, etc).
  18. Click OK
  19. Exit netscape and restart again to make sure the settings take effect.
  20. Check for mail. When you do, Netscape will use connect to our IMAP server securely. Since we are not paying one of the certificate signing authorities, our certificate will not be recognized by Netscape. However, you may still use the certificate for encrypting the traffic between your client and the mail server. To accept the new certificate when you're prompted: Click Next> Click Next> Check Accept this Certificate forever (until it expires) Click Next> Click Next> Click Finish
  21. Check mail, enter your password when prompted.
  22. You can go ahead and delete the old server setting if everything works and you see all your mailboxes and INBOX. If you're converting from POP/IMAP, read the next section first before you remove the old server setting.

Converting from POP to IMAP

In Netscape Mail, the Mailbox window (left pane) contains all the mail
servers you've configured.  The "server" labeled "Local Folders" can be
thought of as your local hard drive.  It contains all the mail you
downloaded via POP.  The section labeled '' is your
IMAP server drive.  Therefore, it is important that you know where you
are going to create any new mail folder.  If the new mail folder is
under "Local Folders", then it's a local folder.  This means that if you
access your mail from another computer via IMAP, you will not see this

If you're migrating from POP to IMAP AND you DID NOT leave your mail
on the server, you may want to transfer existing Local Folders to
the IMAP server.  This will allow you to see the contents of these
mailboxes when accessing mail from other machines.  If you will always
check mail from one machine, you do not have to do this.

Transfering Local Inbox
  • Open the local Inbox mailbox (the one under "Local Folders") and mark all of the messages by using the Select All feature from the Edit menu.
  • From the Message menu select Copy Message, select the mail server name (, then select Inbox.
  • Transfering Other Local Mailboxes
  • Create a new mailbox on the IMAP server. Right clicking on and choose New Folder
  • Enter the name of the new mailbox, for example OldMail. Note that the name of the mailbox you are creating may be the same name of the mailbox on the local hard drive.
  • Open the local mailbox and mark all of the messages by choosing the Select All from the Edit menu.
  • From the Message menu select Copy Message, select the mail server name (, then select the mailbox you just created. All messages are moved to the mailbox on the IMAP server.
  • The transfer may take some time depending on the number and size of messages being transferred.
  • Verify that the procedure has completed successfully by opening the newly created mailbox under
  • Continue for all mailboxes you wish to transfer.