The Main Window

Page updated 15 January 2008

Go to TopThe Main Window

On start-up, the Main Window appears. Beneath the standard window components of Title, Menu and Tool bars, the Main Window displays a Folder List, showing the currently active mailbox. The bulk of the window is occupied by the Mail List, showing the items in the currently selected mailbox. At the bottom of the window is the Status Line.

The Main Window

The menus are described in detail below. Keyboard Shortcuts are listed on a separate page.

Go to TopThe Menus

Go to TopThe File Menu

The Main Window File Menu

New message...
Starts the New message procedure.
Address book...
Opens the Address book.
Global Options...
Opens the Global Options dialogue, that controls general program behaviour.

The Main Window Dialup Cascading Menu

Opens the connection cascading menu:

Make a connection to the selected account's server.
Hang up the current connection
Toggle between the dial-up option and connection via your Local Area Network.
Save All
Saves all of nPOPuk's data files. This option is especially useful on hand-held platforms where there is greater a danger of power failure, but is also be useful if nPOPuk is not exited regularly.
Backup files...
Saves all of nPOPuk's data files in a user defined folder.

Apart from simple backup, this option is also convenient for transferring current data on a desktop computer to a flash drive, for use "on the road", as will be seen from NOTE 2.

1.  In the Save dialogue that appears when this option is selected, a dummy name "nPOPuk files" appears. Any file name appearing in the "File name:" field is similarly ignored. However, if a valid folder is entered or selected from the drop-down list, this is accepted and the data files are all saved to that folder.

2.  The nPOPuk.ini file is also saved in the selected folder. The "DataFileDir=" line is returned to the default blank setting. This is designed to allow a copy of nPOPuk.exe to be copied to the same folder and so enable easy reading of the backed up mail.

Exits the program saving all settings and, if the option is set, mail.

Go to TopThe Mailbox Menu

The Main Window Mailbox Menu

Makes the following mailbox active.
NOTE: Cycles through the mailboxes, so the next mailbox after the bottom one on the list is the OutBox, then the first of the mailboxes.
Makes the previous mailbox active.
NOTE: Cycles through the mailboxes, so the next mailbox after the first is the OutBox, then the last of the mailboxes.
Opens the "Add mailbox" dialogue. Enter a name and then choose between an Account or SaveBox type, before clicking the "OK" button.

If Account is selected you are taken to a blank Account Settings dialogue where details of the new mail account can be entered.

If SaveBox is selected, the new folder is created immediately.

New mailboxes appear at the bottom of the folder list upon creation, but may be moved (See below).

If the current mailbox is an Account this opens the Account Settings Dialogue.

If the current mailbox is a SaveBox, a revised version of the Add mailbox dialogue opens, that allows the name to be edited.

Removes all information for the currently selected mailbox.
Move up
Moves the currently selected mailbox up one position in the folder list.
NOTE: The top position in the list is reserved for the OutBox.
Move down
Moves the currently selected mailbox down one position in the folder list.
Sort by icon
Sorts mail items according to the following four tests:

1. Priority (High/Normal/Low):
All high priority messages sort before any normal-priority message.
2. Status/Mark:
Unread messages (downloaded or not) sort before read messages.
NOTE: Messages marked for downloading or deletion sort after read messages.
3. Download:
Partially-downloaded messages sort after fully-downloaded ones.
NOTE: This is reversed! from the way it used to be.
4. Replied/Forwarded:
After all the other tests have run, messages with no reply/forward sort first, then replied, then forwarded, then replied and forwarded.

Selecting the option again reverses the sort order. "New Mail" overlays on the icons are not relevant to the sort order.

This opens the Initialise dialogue which is used to control retrieval of messages.

Go to TopThe Connect Menu

The Main Window Connect Menu

Check account
Starts Checking the Server for new mail on the currently selected account.
Check all accounts
Starts Checking the Server for new mail on the default account, followed, in order, by all the others.
Update account
Starts the Update of all marked mail (Deletions, Downloads and mail to be Sent) on the currently selected account.
Update all accounts
Starts the Update of all marked mail (Deletions, Downloads and mail to be Sent) on the first account, followed, in order, by all the others.
Severs any dial-up connection and stops the the check or update.

Go to TopThe Mail Menu

The Main Window Mail Menu

Opens the Mail View window showing the contents of the currently selected message.
Starts the Reply process, opening the Property dialogue.
Reply to all...
Starts the Reply process, opening the Property dialogue with all addresses from the original message in the To: line.
Starts the Forward process, opening the Property dialogue.
Mark for download (Only on Mailbox menus)
Adds the Download icon to the currently selected item(s).
Mark for Sending (Only on OutBox menu)
Adds the Send icon to the currently selected item(s).
Mark for delete
Adds the Delete icon to the currently selected item(s).
Cancel mark
Clears any send, retrieve or delete icons from the currently selected item(s).
Mark as read
Places a Read icon against the currently selected item(s).
Mark as unread
Places an Unread icon against the currently selected item(s).
TIP: Marking as unread will remove any "Reply" or "Forward" marker overlaying a read icon. Use this option then "Mark as read", to remove a misleading marker introduced when a Reply was started in error.
Copy to / Move to
These options allow mail to be copied or moved to a SaveBox from another SaveBox or Account. Each option will reveal an identical cascading menu. Initially, they show only the "(New)" option (See below!). Once a SaveBox has been created it is added to the menu.

If a message is to be moved from an account, the original message will not be deleted immediately. Instead it is marked for deletion and will be removed from the account at the next server update.

If the current mailbox is a SaveBox, its entry will appear greyed out. Duplicate messages may not appear in a single SaveBox.

Selection of this option on the cascading menu opens the "Add SaveBox" dialogue. This works in the same way as the Add mailbox dialogue, described on the Installation page.
Delete Attachments (Only on Mailbox menus)
Removes attachments from inbound mail.
nPOPuk can slow to unacceptable levels if very large mailbox files are loaded.  One way to speed up operation of the program is to save any attachments and then reduce the size of the mailbox file by using this option.  For another approach see the Advanced tab of the Global Options dialogue.
Create copy (Only on the OutBox menu)
Produces a copy of the currently selected message(s).
Delete from list
Clears the currently selected item(s) from the list. A warning dialogue appears noting that this action does NOT delete the item from the server.
Select all
Selects all items in the folder.
Thread mode
Toggles the list between showing replies adjacent to the original message and in order of receipt at the server.
Opens the currently selected message overlaid with the Find dialogue.

Go to TopThe Help Menu

The Main Window Help Menu

The About Dialogue

The Help menu has a single option that leads to the About dialogue. The About dialogue includes a button that will launch the default web browser and open this site, so providing an nPOPuk Help facility.

Go to TopThe Folder List

By default, this drop-down list shows the name of the account created during installation. If no account has been created it will show "Untitled". A second folder, created on installation, is the OutBox that is used to hold both waiting and sent mail.

The Folder List can be opened by clicking anywhere on its length and not just the button to the right. (Keyboard: Tab moves focus between Folder and Mail List. Cursor keys to select the Mailbox.)

nPOPuk Window with open Folder List

The folder list will show an asterisk against any mailbox with new mail, i.e. mail that has been received in the current nPOPuk session and which has not yet been opened.

NOTE: In the illustration above the user has set up a number of SaveBoxes (These have all been named with an initial "--") and a number of Move filters from Accounts to the SaveBoxes. As a Move filter only marks the original message for deletion but doesn't actually remove it from the account until the next update, asterisks will show against both Account and SaveBox until the next update.

The Outbox will show an asterisk is there is mail marked for sending.

If more than one mailbox has been set up it is possible to re-order them in the Folder List. Open the MAILBOX menu and select "Move up" or "Move down" to move the currently selected mailbox up or down the list one position.  Mailboxes cannot be moved above the "OutBox", which always remain at the top of the list. The mailbox shown highest in the list becomes the default mailbox on start-up.

Go to TopThe Mail List

The bulk of the window displays the list of headers in the active folder arranged in columns showing the Subject, Sender, Date (Sent) and Size.

To open an item to read it, double-click on the desired mail item. (Menu: MAIL > OPEN. Keyboard: Cursor keys to select message. Enter to open.)

Resizing the Subject Column

Columns in the Mail List can be re-sized by dragging on the divisions between the column headings. A double-click while the resize pointer shows auto-sizes the column to be just wide enough for the longest entry in the column.

The position of the first two columns and the order in which mail is initially displayed, is controlled through the Global Options dialogue. By default, folders will be sorted in the order that mail was delivered from the server, typically the order of receipt from other servers. SaveBoxes will be sorted in date (sent) order. The OutBox, for which no sort option is available, is listed in order of the date of first saving.

The sort order of any folder can be changed by clicking on a column heading to sort on that column. Clicking again on the same heading will reverse the sort order. This order is not preserved when returning to the folder after looking at another.

Go to TopThe Mail List Icons

Each mail item may be accompanied, in the Subject column, with an icon. These indicate the following conditions:

Unread Mail Icon (Partially Downloaded ) / Read Mail Icon (Partially Downloaded ) An unread/read item that because of the settings specified in the Global Options dialogue has not been fully downloaded.
NOTE: A read item is one that has been viewed in a Mail View Window
Unread Mail Icon / Read Mail Icon An unread/read item that has been fully downloaded (retrieved).
Newly retrieved Unread Mail An item, retrieved during the current nPOPuk session, that has not been read. This "New" overlay can appear on either fully or partially retrieved messages.
Message that has been replied to / Message that has been forwarded A message that has been replied to / forwarded.
NOTE: A message may have both these icon overlays attached to it.
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