• BamaMail Accounts
    • Opening BamaMail
    • Creating a Message
    • Viewing a Message
    • Replying to a Message
    • Forwarding a Message
    • Printing a Message
    • Attaching a File
    • Viewing Attachments
    • Creating a Signature
    • Checking Disk Space
    • Working with Folders
    • Ending a BamaMail Session

This tutorial provides an overview of BamaMail, the campus e-mail system for students at The University of Alabama. Step-by-step instructions are provided for: opening Bamamail; creating, viewing, replying to, forwarding, and printing messages; attaching a file and viewing attachments; creating a signature; checking disk space on Bama; creating, deleting, and filing messages in folders; and ending a session.

BamaMail Accounts

BamaMail allows users to read, create, and manage messages from within a web browser on a remote computer. This means you may use BamaMail on campus computers, a home computer, or any other computer that has a web browser and an Internet connection. It's very easy to use.

BamaMail accounts are created for every University student. Accounts for new students are created near the beginning of each semester. If you do not know your Bama account name, take your valid ACT card to the Help Desk in A-203 Gordon Palmer. A staff member will swipe the card through a card reader and print out an account information sheet that contains your userid and password for you.

Your BamaMail account is a part of your Bama account, an account on the University's Bama computer. As a part of your account, you are allotted 10 MB of storage space on Bama that can be used to store e-mail messages, web pages, and other files.

Opening BamaMail

To Open Bamamail:

1. On a computer that has a live connection to the Internet, open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape.

2. Type BamaMail's URL: http://www.bamamail.ua.edu in the address box and press enter. The web browser should display the BamaMail Login dialog box.


BamaMail Login Dialog Box

3. In the Account box, type your username.

4. In the Password box, type your password.

5. Click on the Login button. The web browser then displays the Messages dialog box, which shows any unopened messages and allows you to create new messages.

Note: New messages can arrive in your mailbox while you are viewing the message list. You may click on the Check button in the Messages dialog box to refresh your e-mail list while you are in BamaMail.

Creating a Message

To Create a Message:

1. Click the Create button from the Read Message dialog box or the Messages dialog box.


Create Button

BamaMail then displays the Create Message dialog box.


The BamaMail Create Message Dialog Box

2. In the To: box, type the e-mail address(es) of the recipient(s) of the message.

3. In the Subject: box, type a short description of the message.

4. To change the way BamaMail handles your mail, you can select one or more of the following options:

  • Urgent - Marks the message as urgent.
  • Signature - Adds your e-mail signature to the end of the message. (See Creating a Signature)

5. In the Message: box, type the message that you want to send. You can type your message within BamaMail or cut and paste text from other sources.

6. To check the spelling of your message, click the Spell button.


Spell Button

7. Click the Send button. BamaMail then sends the message to the specified recipients.


Send Button

Viewing a Message

To View a Message:

1. From the Messages dialog box, click on the name in the From column of the message that you want to view. BamaMail then displays the Read Message dialog box, which shows the message that you selected.

2. To view the next message in your current folder, click the Next button.


Next Button

3. To view the previous message in your current folder, click the Previous button.


Previous Button

4. To return to the Messages dialog box, click the Index button or the X at the top right corner of your screen.


Index Button

Replying to a Message

To Reply to a Message:

1. To send a reply to the sender of a message that you are viewing, click the Reply button.


Reply Button

2. To send a reply to the message sender AND other original message recipients, click the Reply All button.


Reply All Button

Forwarding a Message

To Forward a Message:

1. To forward a message that you are viewing, click the Forward button.


Forward Button

BamaMail redisplays the original message with greater than symbols (>) beside the lines of the original message and clears the address boxes.

2. Type in addresses for the recipient(s) and type any comments you want to add.

Printing a Message

To Print a Message:

1. Click your web browsers' print tool to print the message.

Attaching a File

You may send files along with your BamaMail messages by using the Attach feature. A few web browsers do not support attaching files to messages because they do not support HTTP File Upload. If your web browser is capable of attaching messages, the Attach button will be displayed on the Create Message dialog box.

To Attach a File to a Message:

1. From the Create Message dialog box, click the Attach button.


Attach Button

BamaMail then displays the Attach Files dialog box.


Attach Files Dialog Box

2. Do one of the following:

  • In the Filename box, type the complete path and file name for the file that you want to attach.
  • Use the Browse button and select the file that you want to attach from the directory listing that appears.

3. Click the Add File button. BamaMail then adds the selected file to the list of attached files. (To remove an attached file from the list, highlight the file and click the Delete button.)

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each attachment that you want to include.

5. Click the OK button. BamaMail then returns to the Create Message dialog box.

Viewing Attachments

When a message has one or more files attached to it, BamaMail displays an Attachment status icon on the Messages list and on the message itself.

To View an Attachment:

1. Click on the name of the attachment. The web browser should do one of the following:

  • If the web browser's settings allow the browser to automatically launch an application that can read the attachment, the browser will launch that application and display the attached file.
  • If the web browser is unable to automatically launch an application that can read the attachment, most browsers will ask if you want to select an application to view the file or save the file to disk. Choose the one that is the most convenient for you.

Creating a Signature

You may create a personalized signature that you can choose to add to messages that you send from BamaMail. Student signatures usually contain information such as: name, school, major, address, and phone number. Social Security Numbers should NEVER be used.

To Create a Signature:

1. In the BamaMail Message dialog box, click the Options button. BamaMail then displays the Change Options dialog box.


Options Button

2. In the Message Signature box, type your signature.


Change Options Dialog Box with arrow pointing toward the
Message Signature Box

3. Click the OK button. Your signature is created and BamaMail then returns to the Message dialog box.

Checking Disk Space

All student Bama accounts are allotted 10MB of storage space (your quota) for e-mail messages, web pages, and file storage.

To View Your Disk Usage and Quota on Bama:

1. On a computer that has a live connection to the Internet, open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape.

2. Type the name of BamaMail's URL: http://www.bamamail.ua.edu in the address box and press enter. The web browser should display the BamaMail Login dialog box.

3. Click on Check Account Space (below the userid and password login).


BamaMail Login Dialog Box with arrow pointing toward the
Check Account Space option

This will take you to the View Your Disk Usage and Quota on Bama screen.


View Your Disk Usage and Quota on Bama Screen

4. Type in your User Name.

5. Type in your Password.

6. Click the Show Quota button. Your current usage, quota, and limit will then display.

7. Compare your usage and quota figures to determine your available disk space. (10000 on this screen is equivalent to 10 MB).


Compare your Usage and Quota amounts

Working with Folders

BamaMail allows you to store your messages in folders. Folders are storage areas where you can group and store similar types of messages. This allows for easy organization and access to old messages.

To List Messages Stored in a Folder Other than the Current Folder:

1. Select a folder from the pull-down list on the status bar of the Messages dialog box and click on Go!. The messages in the folder you selected should display.


Folder Pull-Down List and Go! Button

To Create a Folder:

1. From the Messages dialog box, click the File button.


File Button

BamaMail then displays the Select Folder dialog box.

2. In the Folder box, type the name of the folder that you want to create. (Use descriptive and unique names that will help you easily locate your messages in the future.)

3. In the Description box, type a short description of the folder

4. Click the Create button. BamaMail then creates a new folder and returns to the Messages dialog box.

To Delete a Folder:

1. From the Messages dialog box, click the File button. BamaMail then displays the Select Folder dialog box.

2. In the Select Folder box, select the folder you want to delete from the pull-down list.

3. Click the Delete button. BamaMail then displays a warning message.

4. Click the OK button to delete the folder and all of the messages in it. (To cancel the deletion, click the Cancel button.) BamaMail then deletes the folder and returns to the Messages dialog box.

To File a Message in a Folder:

1. While viewing the message you want to file, click the File button. BamaMail then displays the File Message dialog box.

2. In the Folder box, select the folder from the pull-down list.

3. Click the Select button. BamaMail then files the message and returns to the previous dialog box.

Ending a BamaMail Session

To End a BamaMail Session:

1. From the Messages dialog box, click the Logout button. BamaMail then logs you out and displays the BamaMail Log In dialog box. At this point you may use your browser to view other web sites or close the browser.

BamaMail
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Tutorial composed by: Beth Gibbs

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