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We know that KDE has an email client called KMail.

The most popular platform that it can be used on is Linux.


On this guide, we are going to learn about the use of KMail , more precisely, we are going to learn about identities,how to send a mail and how to receive messages.

KMail 4.7.2 is the version that we are going to discuss about on this page.

We presume that KMail is installed before going through this guide.

How to set up Kmail

First of all, you have to open the email client.

When you've completed this step, you'll have to go to the Settings menu at the top and select Configure Kmail like in the image bellow:

Kmail inter3.png

The default Kmail configuration window will appear:

Kmail interface2.png


Identities are keywords used to easily recognize your account.

Identities are needed in case that we are using different signatures or return addresses for work and home.

There isn't a restricted number for identities.You can create as many as you need.

To create an identity, you need to go to the Identities icon and then click on the ,,Add"

button.Fill in the name of your new identity, click Ok, and voila, there you have it.

Bellow you have an image:

Kmail identitycre.png

When clicking on the "Identities" icon on the left you should see one default identity, so you

can choose to Modify this identity with the button you'll see on the right.

Now you can fill out the Identities window with your name, organization, and email address, just like in the image below:

Kmail identities.png

Lets say that you have a and a address.No matter what address you're sending

email from, you can receive your messages to a selected email address by going to

Identities -> Modify-> Advanced and at Reply-To address you can write the address where

you want to receive your messages.

Kmail identities2.png


After you have completed creating an Identity, you need to add an Account .

You want to select the Accounts icon on the left of the Kmail configuration window, and then click on the "Add" button.

You are in the Receiving tab, which means that you are creating accounts that receive messages.

I'll show you some examples of how i've set up my account.

First of all, you got to decide which protocol you wish to use to receive your messages.The two most common are IMAP and POP3.

Lets presume that you have chosen POP3 protocol. You need to keep in mind that you'll need to

look out for the protocol's host name first to fill in all the corresponding lines. Bellow you'll see

two pictures of my setup:

Kmail loginacc.png
Kmail account.png


After you've finished with the Accounts icon, you can choose to select the Appearance icon.

There's not much to say here, just be sure that you have the Always show KMail in system tray

option checked if you want Kmail to remain in your system tray. You can do that by going to

Appearance-> System Tray and then check the bracket with the option mentioned above.

Here you have an image:

Kmail appearance.png


In the Composer icon, there's a feature that notices if you mention the word "attach" or

attached" in the body of your email but are not attaching anything to that message.You can write as

many keywords as you like in the Attachments tab. You can look at the picture bellow as an


Kmail composer.png


In the Security icon, you can choose to set the options as you wish to.

How to send a mail

To compose an email, you simply go to Message -> New Message, right before you open your KMail.

Kmail compose.png

If you have 2 or more identities, go to View and check the Identity box.

Look at the image bellow:

Kmail compose2.png

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