Installing "PuTTY" client for your email (mail.lib.ucdavis.edu)

  1. Open your web browser. You can find the download page at: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html (http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html).

    You may also find this page using the Google search engine. Go to http://www.google.com (http://www.google.com) and type in "PuTTY" and click on the "Google Search" button. Generally, the first hit will be the PuTTY home page.

  2. Scroll down until you find the first link under the section "For Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP on Intel x86" The link should read "putty.exe."

    Click on the link. A dialog box will pop up. It will say "You have chosen to download a file from this location [...]. What would you like to do with this file?" Be sure to select the "Save this file to disk" option, then click "OK."

    The download dialog box displaying save this file to disk option checked

  3. Save the file to your desktop. In the "Save As" dialog box, click once on the pull down menu, then select "Desktop" Click on "Save."

    You do not need to install PuTTY. Simply double click the putty.exe icon on your desktop to start the program. You will see this start-up screen to illustrated here.

    The save as dialog box showing the save to desktop option highlighted

  4. Please fill in the following fields. Under "Host Name" type "mail.lib.ucdavis.edu." Then select the SSH protocol option. Under "Saved Sessions" type "mail.lib."

    The Putty configuration dialog box

  5. Now click on "Save" in the middle of the dialog box. It should now resemble the following screen:

    The Putty configuration dialog box with the host name filled in and the SSH option checked

  6. Select "Open" to start up your first email session. You will receive the warning illustrated here.

    The Putty security alert box that shows up

    Not to worry, just click on yes to proceed. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password. At the next prompt, type "pine" as usual, and you are ready to go!

    Please note: the next time you start PuTTY, you will need select the session "mail.lib," then select "Load," then select "Open" OR you may simply double click on the "mail.lib" entry under "Saved Sessions."

    Congratulations!