nPOPuk

Global Options

Page updated 15 January 2008

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Program options that apply globally are adjusted through the multi-tabbed dialogue, described below, reached from the Main Window. (Menu: FILE > GLOBAL OPTIONS) Options set here affect all mailboxes set up through the process described on the Installation and Mailboxes pages.

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The Options dialogue - Recv Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Lines to be downloaded:
Sets the number of lines to be downloaded when checking accounts. Setting a smaller number risks losing all information in a message. Setting it at zero is acceptable if you plan to use nPOPuk as a mail checker and read it using another program (See the F.A.Q). Setting a larger number may waste connection time without downloading a complete file attachment.

This option is disabled when the entire body is to be downloaded.

Download entire body when checking
When checked, complete mail items, including all attachments, are downloaded, with the consequent increase in time spent connected. This option disables the option above
Include header lines
The full mail headers are downloaded. They may be seen by selecting the View Source option on the extended version of the Edit menu of the Mail View window . Enabling this option can help in determining the best filters to create.
Account messages
Header and body are saved
Mail, in all account folders, is saved between nPOPuk sessions. Subject to the "Number of lines received" option (see above), mail can be viewed when nPOPuk is next run, without the need to reconnect to the server. This option is the most useful where nPOPuk is being used as a normal e-mail program.
Only header is saved
Only the headers, as shown in the mail list, are saved between nPOPuk sessions. On re-launching nPOPuk there are no read/unread icons shown beside the items. To re-read them items must be marked for download and the server updated, or the Initialise option for the account used, to retrieve all items in the account . This option may be useful where space on a floppy disk is at a premium.
Nothing saved
No record of mail is kept between sessions with nPOPuk. This option is useful where nPOPuk is being used as a mail checker and the contents of mail is not of interest once checked using nPOPuk.

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The Options dialogue - Send Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Word wrap at [  ] characters
Sets the number of characters for the line length. Words typed beyond this limit are automatically moved to a new line when the message is saved/sent. By default, whilst editing, text in the Mail Edit window will wrap to the window. This behaviour can be turned off via the Edit menu.
Quoted lines do not word wrap
If checked, any quoted lines are excluded from the limit set above. If cleared, although the wrapping takes place at the set point, the "Quotation char", set on the Reply tab, will still only appear before hard returns within the quoted text.
Send 'Message-id'
If checked, nPOPuk will generate this mail header line. If cleared the SMTP server will add the line.
Send 'Date'
If checked, nPOPuk will generate this mail header line. If cleared the SMTP server will add the line.
Show 'Outbox' on 'Save to Outbox'
If checked, when a Mail Edit window is closed by selecting any of the options "Send now", "Save and Mark" or "Save to Outbox", the Main Window will display the OutBox folder. Having this option set offers a convenient way of checking that messages have been successfully sent.  It is recommended that it remains set if you have an unreliable internet connection and either often use the "Send now" option or run multiple accounts and do not normally change focus to the OutBox before sending mail.
Encoding
This button opens a dialogue that allows you to set the MIME encoding used.

MIME encoding dialogue

This encoding allows non-ASCII characters to be sent in e-mails, such as accented characters, Pound and Euro symbols, not normally allowed in plain text mail.

Most UK users can accept the default settings. A good explanation of MIME encoding and effect of the various options can be found on the British Computer Society site.

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The Options dialogue - Reply Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Quote original message
Sets the default for the "Quotation" box on the Property dialogue of a mail reply.
Quotation Char:
This box contains the character string used to prefix quoted lines in a reply.
NOTE: The default includes a space after the ">" symbol.
Signature above quoted message:
The default (unchecked) option places the signature after any quoted text from the original message. This option makes it easy to delete unwanted passages and aids the style of reply where responses are inserted point by point within the original message text.

If checked, the signature is placed above the quoted text. This option will be preferred by those who want to leave the entire contents of the original message intact, appended to their reply.

Reply header:
If quotation is enabled, the text here is pasted into the top of the Mail Edit window on creation of a reply, preceding the text of the original message. This text can include a number of Place Holders for certain predefined strings.
Close message window when reply created
If this box is checked, the original Mail View window will be closed as the new Mail Edit window is opened. This option would normally be left enabled while "Quote original message" is enabled, as there is no need to keep the original message in view if its contents are quoted in the Mail Edit window.
NOTE: This check box is always synchronised with the similar check box on the Forward tab.

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The Options dialogue - Forward Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Forward message:
Sets the default style for forwarding the text of messages:
Quoted:
The text of the original message appears in the Mail Edit window (or external editor, if invoked) preceeded by the text defined in the Forward header box, with every line of the original message prefixed with the quotation character string, defined under the Reply tab.
In-line:
The text of the original message appears in the Mail Edit window (or external editor, if invoked) preceeded by the text defined in the Forward header box, .
As Attachment
The text of the original message is placed in an attachment.
Use signature for forwarded mail:
If checked, the signature defined for the account being used will be added to the forwarded message. Otherwise no signature is added.
Above orig msg:
If checked, the signature will be placed above the Forward header and original message text. Otherwise, the signature appears below the Forward header and original message text.
Forward header:
The text defined here appears in the Mail Edit window on creation of a forwarded message immediately above the text of the original message.  This text can include a number of Place Holders for certain predefined strings.
Close message window when reply/forward created
If this box is checked, the original Mail View window will be closed as the new Mail Edit window is opened. This option would normally be left enabled while "Quote original message" is enabled, as there is no need to keep the original message in view if its contents are quoted in the Mail Edit window.
NOTE: This check box is always synchronised with the similar check box on the Reply tab.

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The Options dialogue - VIew Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Scan all mailboxes for unread mail
If checked, the "Next unread mail" option in the Mail View window, will skip through all mailboxes to find further unread mail items.
When message is marked for deletion, move to
Next message
If checked, when a message is marked for deletion, it will not only mark it, but also *automatically* move to the next message. This option can be useful when move filters are in use, as the original copies of mail, set to be deleted, can be skipped over.
that is unread
This option is only active if the previous option is checked and further limits the messages that will be displayed to those which are unread.
Skip deleted messages
When new mail has been received and the message headers scanned in the Main Window, unwanted mail will be marked for deletion, then the first message of interest is opened in the Mail View window.  The options here control what messages will be displayed within the Mail View window when using the controls to view previous, next or next unread messages.
Never
All messages are seen, Messages marked for deletion are not skipped.
When moving
Messages marked for deletion are skipped.
When looking for next unread message
Messages marked for deletion are skipped when selecting the "Next unread" option, but not when selecting "Next" or "Previous".
Close window if no next message
If checked then, when moving between messages, on reaching the last message, the Mail View window will close.  Otherwise it remains open with non-functioning movement options on the menus and toolbar buttons.
External viewer gets message source
By default, if the external viewer is invoked, the viewer window will receive the body of the message, as seen in the Mail View window, with added headers, as defined in the nPOPuk.ini file.  Checking this option removes those headers, but instead provides the full  message source to the external viewer window.

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The Options dialogue - Check Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Display message when new mail arrives
A dialogue appears if new mail is detected during a check and nPOPuk is NOT the active window.
Display message when no new mail
A dialogue appears if no mail is detected during a check and nPOPuk is NOT the active window.
Sound when new mail
A sound is played if new mail is detected and nPOPuk is NOT the active window. The default sound is the Windows "Asterisk" sound. A name and full path of a .WAV file may be entered here to be used in place of the default sound. The [...] button permits browsing for the file. The [>] button allows a preview of the sound file.
Play sound when update complete
A sound is played at the end of a server update and nPOPuk is NOT the active window. The default sound is the Windows "Asterisk" sound. An alternative sound may be defined in the nPOPuk.ini file.
Auto check: [  ] min
If checked, forces nPOPuk to check for new mail regularly. The interval, in minutes, is set in the associated box. This is the key setting for operation as a Mail Checker.
Check e-mail on start
If checked, forces nPOPuk to check for new mail when it is launched. (Also see the Dial-up tab)
Check after update
If checked, nPOPuk will automatically check for new mail after a server update operation.

Update after Check Dialogue

Update after check
If checked, forces nPOPuk to update the server after any check for mail.  (Mail will be received and filters applied before an update is applied.)
WARNING: Filters can mark mail for deletion and this option will apply that deletion immediately.
When checked the "Options" button becomes active.  This  will open the "Update after check" dialogue that provides options for handling messages marked for deletion.  Marked messages can be:
Deleted
Use this option with care if mail is not fully retrieved and Move filters are in place.  Long messages and those with attachments may be removed from the server before they can be read.
Kept until standalone Update
A safe option, as it removes the possibility of mail being deleted before there is a chance to examine it, yet still allowing mail to be sent and downloaded, whenever a check is made.
Ask each time
A flexible option more suited for those whose mail requirements do not follow a clear pattern.
Ignore receive error
If checked, server updated is not halted, when an error occurs.
If cleared, any error will stop the server update. An appropriate error dialogue will be displayed and updates to any further accounts aborted.
Ignore send error
If checked, server updated is not halted, when an error occurs.
If cleared, any error will stop the server update. An appropriate error dialogue will be displayed and updates to any further accounts aborted.

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The Options dialogue - Dial-up Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Auto-connect to process mail
If checked, and the "Check e-mail on start" option on the Check tab is active, then nPOPuk will launch and immediately dial the default server. If not checked, and the "Check e-mail on start" option on the Check tab is active, then nPOPuk does not launch until after a connection using the DUN "Connect to" dialogue has completed.
Disconnect after mail processing is completed (Conn by nPOPuk)
If checked, and nPOPuk forced a dial-up connection, nPOPuk will drop the connection. (If the connection was started by another program, the line is not dropped.)
Disconnect on exit of program (Connect by nPOPuk)
If checked, and nPOPuk forced a dial-up connection, nPOPuk will drop the connection. (If the connection was started by another program, the line is not dropped.)
Auto check only if connected
If checked (and the Auto Check option (on the Check tab) is set), and nPOPuk is not currently connected, then the server will not be checked for mail.
Pause between dial-up attempts:
Sets the delay between retries in the event of a failed connection.

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The Options dialogue - Sort Tab

The default options are illustrated.

All mailboxes in file order
Mail is listed in the order it appears in the mailbox file.
NOTE: In most cases the effect of this setting is to sort in date order, but servers that re-number mail (such as Yahoo!) may be badly affected.
SaveBoxes by column
Only the SaveBox is sorted according to the settings in the Column box.
All mailboxes by column
All folders are sorted according to the settings in the Column box.
Column
Subject/From/Date/Size
Selects the column on which mail is to be sorted.
NOTE: The Subject, From and Date fields are sorted in ascending ASCII value (i.e. numbers before capital letters, before small letters, etc).
No account is taken of "Re:", "Fwd:" or similar prefixes to Subject names.
Reverse Order
If checked, mail is listed in the opposite order.
When changing folders select:
Controls whether the first/top or last/bottom item in the list is selected on opening a new folder.
NOTE: This setting has no effect if there is unread mail in a folder. Where there is unread mail the first unread item will be selected.
First column is:
Allows the position of the Subject and From/To columns to be switched in the folder list in the Main Window.

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The Options dialogue - Other Tab

The default options are illustrated.

Display icon in system tray
If checked, a System Tray con is displayed while the program is running.
NOTE: The following two options are unavailable unless this option is selected.
Hide to System Tray when minimised
If checked, when the program is minimised it displays as a System Tray icon and not a minimised button on the Task Bar.
Keep System Tray icon when closed
If checked, when the window is closed (via the Title Bar Button or Menu) then a System Try icon is retained for instant relaunch.

NOTE: If this option is selected only the EXIT options, accessed from either the Main Window File menu or right-click menu of the system tray icon will clear the icon, save all data and exit the program.

Password setup
Password required to open program
If checked, nPOPuk will not start until a password has been entered
Password required to open window
If checked, the Main Window will not open when currently minimised or showing as a System Tray icon until a password has been entered.
Password
The password to be entered in connection with the two options above.
Disable Warning Popup Boxes
If checked, the following warning dialogues do not appear:

  • Send it? (When sending a message immediately.)
  • Warning! This will delete mail from the server
  • Delete xx mail from the list? Is not deleted from the server
  • Copy xx mail to "SaveBox"?
  • Move xx mail to "SaveBox"?
  • Previous backup directory no longer exists
Date format:
Controls how the date is presented. Valid formatting codes include:
dd = day 2 digits
ddd = day 3 letters
dddd = day in full
MM = Month 2 digits
MMM = Month 3 letters
MMMM = Month in full
yy = Year 2 digits
yyyy = Year 4 digits
/ [space] : - = Allowed separators
Time format:
Controls how the time is presented. Valid formatting codes include:
H M S = Hours Minutes Seconds
HH MM SS = Hour Minutes Seconds
padded with leading zeros to 2 digits
/ [space] : - = Allowed separators

 Go to TopAdvanced

The Options Dialogue - Advanced tab

File Format
nPOP
The format used by the original nPOP.
MBOX
An alternative format that is useful for those moving from other e-mail programs.
NOTE: The nPOP format stores certain message data that is not held in the MBOX file format.  Hence the full functionality of an nPOP data file cannot be recovered if it is swapped to MBOX and back again.
Load Mailboxes
If running nPOPuk on a flash memory device, write operations can be unacceptably slow, especially if there are large mailboxes with rarely accessed messages within them.  These options control when mailboxes are loaded and depending on the pattern of use may speed up program operation:
All at startup
All mailboxes are loaded at startup. (Preferred option for hard disk use.)
Automatically as needed
Only the first Account and SendBox are loaded at startup.  Other mailboxes are loaded only when they are selected, if a check is performed, or when filters reference SaveBoxes. With this setting, nPOPuk will also load mailboxes if they are needed to satisfy a Find query (with search all mailboxes checked) or to move to a "Next unread" message or  when "Scan all mailboxes for unread mail" is set.
Auto, but not for find/next unread
As above, but will skip unloaded mailboxes on "Find" operations scanning for unread messages.
Ask before loading for find/next unread
As above, but prompt to load, rather than skip unloaded mailboxes.

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