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How to configure an email account in Opera

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to set up an email account in the desktop email program Opera. This will allow you to receive and send emails right from your desktop without having to log into webmail.

The first step in doing this is to create the email account, you should have already done that through your hosting cPanel. If you need assistance doing this, please view the tutorial: How to create a POP email account.

Now that we have our account created, lets open the program Opera and configure the settings:

  • Start by going to the menu at the top and clicking on the Tools link.
  • In the drop-down list, click on the Mail and Chat accounts link which opens a pop-up to create an account. Click yes to create a new email account to open the New Account setup wizard.
  • Select and click on the regular email (POP) setting.
  • The next screen has three boxes. In the first box, enter your real name as you would like it to appear in the *from* field of outgoing emails.
  • In the second box, enter the complete new email address.
  • In the third box, enter an organization name then click Next.
  • At this next screen you need to enter your email login name (it will be your email address) and in the second box, enter your email password then click Next.
  • This next screen is for your Incoming and Outgoing mail servers (both the incoming and outgoing server settings are mail.yourdomain.com). For example: mail.abc123.net

The line that says *Leave messages on server* should be UN-CHECKED if you do not want to leave your messages on the server after you download them.
Caution: If you leave them on the server they will fill your mailbox quickly if you receive a lot of mail. If you do not remember to empty if often, you could find yourself unable to receive any mail due to a full mailbox.

Now click Finish to exit the Account Wizard. The account has been set up but there is one more step:

  • Click on the Tools link again then click on Mail and Chat Accounts to open the Manage Accounts window.
  • Select the account we just setup, then click on Edit on the right-hand side to open the Properties window.
  • Click on the Servers tab then scroll down to the section on Outgoing SMTP Server.
  • Find the Authentication drop-down and make sure the setting is set to AUTO.

SMTP authentication means that Opera will log into your mail server even when sending mail and not just when receiving. This is so that it can ensure that you are the only one who can send from this account. Most SMTP servers use the same username and password as the incoming (POP3) servers, so enter them on the next two lines. Click OK when finished then click Close.

That completes the setup of the email account in Opera, you are now ready to receive and send email from your new account. You may add more accounts at any time but remember, they will not work if you do not first create the account in your hosting cPanel. For additional assistance, contact us by submitting a support ticket.

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