UW (Deskmail) Email

UW (Deskmail) Email  is an email service available for current UW faculty and staff; UW retirees; and some other affiliates of the University.

Activate Your UW (Deskmail) Email Service

Activate the UW (Deskmail) Email Inbox via your Manage UW NetID Resources Web page.

Access Your UW (Deskmail) Email

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Go to Web Alpine. You may also access your UW Email via a terminal session connected to the Homer or Dante computers.

Configure a Desktop Email Client for UW (Deskmail) Email

UW Email can be accessed via desktop email client programs like Thunderbird, Macintosh Mail and others, as well as from an iPad/iPhone. See Configuring Your Email Programs for UW Email.

Three Ways to Access UW (Deskmail) Email

Three ways are available for you to interact with and use UW (Deskmail) Email:

Use an email program on your computer or phone
Use Web Alpine through your Web browser
  • Web Alpine works well for email when traveling, such as when you are at a conference or a cyber-cafe.
  • Web Alpine allows you to send and save attachments directly using your local desktop computer.
  • For Web Alpine to work properly, the browser you are using must have SSL security, cookies, and Javascript turned on.
Use Alpine on Homer, Dante, or other computers
  • Alpine is a text-only email program. It cannot display graphics. Alpine has many power features.
  • You access Alpine with a terminal program such as Tera Term SSH for Windows or the Terminal application on Macintosh OSX computers.
  • Attachments cannot be saved directly to your desktop computer. A file transfer program such as Tectia  must be used to move the file from Homer or Dante to your local computer.
  • Using a terminal session program and Alpine works well on slower computers or when you have a slow connection speed, such as when you are using a modem.

Managing Your UW (Deskmail) Email

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Manage your UW  (Deskmail) Email Storage Space
  • Go to the Managing Your UW Email Storage Space page
    • Learn about your email storage quota
    • Learn about over quota messages you might receive
    • Learn about adjusting your email storage space or purchasing more space
Manage your UW (Deskmail) Email services
  • Go to the Manage UW NetID Resources page
    • Forward your UW email to another address
    • Stop your UW email (All messages sent to your UW email address will be returned to the sender as undeliverable.)
Set a vacation message or filter, block, reject, or sort messages
  • Go to the Email Delivery Manager (EDM) pages
    • Control messages delivered to your UW (Deskmail) Email Inbox
    • Set an out-of-office reply (vacation) message to be sent to anyone who sends you email while you are gone
    • Filter out spam into a separate folder
    • Block messages from a particular email address, deleting them without response
    • Sort messages automatically into folders as they arrive
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Last modified: November 20, 2014