How to set up and use Internet Explorer

(The Microsoft browser, including the mail and news readers)

NOTE: Mac users skip to step #3 below for the necessary information you need.

1. Download the latest version of Internet Explorer for your platform off the SpoCom Download software page. At the browser prompt, select a directory like c:\dump or c:\temp (later, you'll run setup from that directory to set up the program).  You may save it on the desktop if you like.

2. Once downloaded;

   Windows 95 users select "Start", then "Run", then type in the directory where you put Internet Explorer followed by the name of the file (for example: c:\temp\msie301m95.exe), then hit ENTER -- the setup program will now run setting up Internet Explorer in its own program group with its own icons.  If you saved it on the desktop, just double-click the new icon to setup.

NOTE: If you are setting up Internet Explorer 4.0 or later, we recommend that you DO NOT setup the Desktop Enhancements -- it is a system resource hog.   If you already have it installed, you can uninstall it by selecting START\SETTINGS\CONTROL PANEL\ADD-REMOVE PROGRAMS, then highlight Microsoft Internet Explorer and select the Uninstall button, then remove only the Desktop Enhancements, NOT the browser and Outlook Express.

   Windows 3.1 users select "File", then "Run", then type in the directory where you put Internet Explorer followed by the name of the file (for example: c:\temp\dlmin30a.exe), then hit ENTER -- the program will self extract in that directory. If it doesn't setup the program automatically, select "File", then "Run", then type in the directory where you put Internet Explorer followed by "setup.exe" (for example: c:\temp\setup.exe) -- this will now run the setup program and place Internet Explorer in its own program group with its own icons. You may drag and drop the icons into a single program group called Internet or SpoCom Internet by:

   A. In the Program Manager select "File", then "New", then "Program Group", then type in the name of the new group (Internet or SpoCom Internet, or whatever you want to call it).

   B. Open the Program Group where Internet Explorer is (Microsoft Internet Explorer), then drag the icons into the new program group and drop them, by holding your left mouse button on the icon, moving it to where you want it, then let off of the button to drop it. Once the old program group is empty, you can delete it by clicking on it, then hitting delete on your keyboard.

NOTE: Windows 95 users will be prompted to reboot -- do it. If you have Microsoft Exchange installed, your computer may ask you if you want to use Microsoft Exchange for your mail reader. I recommend that you DO NOT, as the Internet Explorer mail reader is far superior to Exchange as a mail reader. If when you reboot, a password screen appears, DO NOT enter a password, enter a user login name, then click on "Okay" (NOT CANCEL), then "Okay" again when it wants you to confirm your password. This will allow your dialup to remember your password later, so you don't have to enter it each time you log on to the network.

3. You may run Internet Explorer without being online, but you won't be able to browse with it and Windows 3.1 and Mac users should be online to configure the program. Either log on to the network, or not -- Windows 3.1 users log on -- then select the Internet Explorer icon.

4. Once Internet Explorer is open, type the following in the long window just beneath the tool buttons labeled "Address":

   then hit enter -- this will take you to the SpoCom main page.

5. Select "View" on the toolbar, then "Options" -- this should open a window with tabs on the top.  IE 4.0 and later is slightly different -- select "View" then "Internet Options".

6. Select the "Navigation" tab, then hit the button labeled "Use Current" (if you are running Windows 95 and did not log on, type into the window labeled "Address") -- this will tell your browser to start at the SpoCom Main Page whenever it opens up.  IE 4.0 and later users this will be under your "General" tab.

7. Select the Programs Tab and make sure you have Internet Mail selected as your mail reader and Internet News as your news reader.  IE 4.0 users select Outlook Express for both of these options.

Select the "Okay" button at the bottom of the window. The browser has now been configured. Windows 3.1 users running the browser only will have to set up their mail program separately (see instructions on setting up Eudora 152). Windows 95 users need to continue with these instructions to set up their mail and news programs.

8. Select the "Mail" button, then "Read Mail"

9. If you have not run Internet Explorer before, you may get a "Browse for folder" prompt (select Okay) -- you will get a wizard to set up your mail. In the appropriate boxes type:

   your real name

   your outgoing mail server (SMTP or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) and your incoming mail server (POP 3 server) -- both are:

   your e-mail address which should look something like this:

   your POP 3 account which is the first part of your e-mail address (the login name before the @ sign -- if your e-mail address is, your Pop 3 login would be scott)

   your e-mail password which should match your login password

   you use a lan connection, NOT your modem to get your e-mail

10. From the mail program, select "Mail" from the toolbar, then "Options" -- a window with tabs at the top should appear.  If you're using Outlook Express, select "Tools" then options.  You don't need to change anything in the "General" tab, as the defaults are already set correctly.

11. Select the "Send" tab and check "Send messages immediately", otherwise any mail you write and send will be stored in the "Outbox" and sent when you quit the mail program (better to send immediately).  Outlook Express users can ignore this step, except you will want to make sure you're sending in "Plain Text" format, not HTML -- the default for OE is HTML.

12. Select the "Read" tab and check "Check for new messages every" -- put 30 minutes. This will set the mail program up to check for mail automatically when the program is opened, but will not effect the 20 minute idle time-out on the server, should you forget to log off (if you select less than 20 minutes and forget to log off the net with your mail program open, the mail program will prevent our machine from logging you off after 20 minutes, thus tying up your phone lines and using up your hours). Be aware that you can check for mail any time you want to simply by clicking on the "Send and Receive" button.  Outlook Express users may ignore these steps, except you may want to select the Fonts button and change your font size to "Small" unless you like great big letters.

13. If the setup wizard didn't run when you started the mail program, you need to configure the server under the "Server" tab. Fill out the details as shown in steps 9 - 12 above.  Outlook Express users will have to select "Tools" then "Accounts" then select the "Add" button, then "Mail" and fill out the wizard (see steps 9 - 12 above).

14. When all the tabs above have been completed, select the "Okay" tab and close the program. When you re-open it, it should check your mail for you, if you're online, that is.

15. To use the address book, select "File" from the Mail program, then "Address Book" (or the "Mail" button, then "New Message", then "File", then "Address Book"). To add a name and e-mail address to your Address Book, select the "New Contact" button on the button tool bar of the Address Book, then fill in the blanks, including the e-mail address, then select the "Add" button, then the "Okay" button. Do this for each new person you add.  Outlook Express users may select the "Address Book" icon.

16. To mail an e-mail using the Address Book, select the "Mail" button in the browser, then "New Message", or "Read Mail", then "New Message". When the New Message window pops up, select "Mail", then "Choose Recipients" -- the list from your Address Book should pop up. Just highlight the person you want to mail to and select the "To" button which will move them into the "To" window (if you want to send copies to other people, you can highlight different names and select the "CC" button to move them into the "CC" window -- as many as you want), then select the "Okay" button -- this will address the letter and all you have to do is enter a subject (if you want to) and type the letter, then select the little flying envelope icon to send the letter. Outlook Express users need to select the "Compose Message" button.

17. You can also type in the e-mail address in the appropriate part of the "New Message" window, if you don't want to use the Address Book.

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