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Help - Getting Started

Unzip and run the installation program.

  1. Unzip the installation program to a temporary directory. Usually C:\Windows\Temp is a good place to unzip files.
  2. Run the Espresso installation program.
  3. The installation program will ask you where you want to install the application. The default directory will be C:\Program Files\Espresso.
  4. You can decide during the installation process if you want to install the desktop icon, menu items and file associations.

Espresso can be installed into any directory. All the program settings are contained within the installation directory. No registry settings are made during the installation process without the consent of the installer. None of the registry settings are required, but are included for the convenience of the user. No files are installed into any of the Windows system directories.

In fact, Espresso only needs one file, Espresso.exe, to run successfully. However, it is recommended that all the supporting files also be installed.

As Espresso does not rely on any registry settings or system files it can be installed into any directory... even a directory on portable media, such as a USB key. When installed, Espresso occupies less than 2MB of disk space, plus the space required to hold the mailbox. When launched, Espresso will consume on average of about 7-8MB of RAM with an average size mailbox.

Espresso can be installed on any computer running Win95 through Windows XP.

Set Up An Account
Before you can start using Espresso you have to set up at least one email account.

  1. Using the main menu, go to Tools - Options. Or press the Options button on the toolbar.
  2. The Options dialog will open.
  3. Click on Accounts.
  4. Click on Add. The Account Setup dialog will open.
  5. Enter an Account Name for this account. The name of your ISP is always good.
  6. Enter your real name. It's a good idea not to use your full name.
  7. Enter your email address.
  8. Enter a Reply-To address. Usually this is the same as your email address.
  9. Enter an Organization if applicable.
  10. Enter a signature for this account.
  11. Click on Receiving Mail.
  12. Select a Server Type to match your ISP's mail server. If you don't know this, contact your ISP.
  13. Enter the Server as provided by your ISP. Usually something like
  14. You can leave the default Port setting unless you know it to be different.
  15. Enter your User Name and Password.
  16. Press Test to check that all is set up correctly.
  17. Set up other options only if required.
  18. Click on Sending Mail.
  19. Enter the name of your SMTP server as provided by your ISP.
  20. You can leave the default Port setting unless you know it to be different.
  21. Set up other options only if required.

You are now ready to start sending and receiving mail. However, before you do, it is recemmended that you set up Permissions.

Set Up Permissions
Before you can start to use Espresso effectively to control your Inbox, you must set up Permissions.

Permissions let Espresso know who you want to receive messages from and from whom you don't want to receive messages.

  1. Using the main menu, go to Tools - Permissions. Or press the Options button on the toolbar.
  2. The Options dialog will open. Make sure the Permissions tab is selected.
  3. First, enter a list of addresses from whom you will accept messages. You can enter these individually, or import from a comma-delimited file, or import from your contacts list if this has already been set up.
  4. Click on the Domains tab.
  5. Enter a list of Domains from which you will accept messages. The domain of an email address is the part to the right of the "@" symbol. For example, the domain of "" is "". TIP: if you are entering your company's domain, then you don't have to enter email addresses for each employee in the Addresses section. DO NOT include common service providers like "" or "".
  6. Click on the Keywords tab.
  7. Enter a list of keywords that if found in the email message, you will accept the message. Typically, this might be your first name as most people will include this near the beginning of their message to you. DO NOT include your first name if it is part of your email address. DO NOT include any part of your email address here.
  8. Click on the Blacklist tab.
  9. Enter a list of email addresses or domains from whom you do not want to receive messages, if any at this time. If not, just leave this section blank.
  10. Click on the Settings tab.
  11. Check the options available to determine how you want Espresso to manage your messages. It is recommended that in the beginning you check Send Permission Notice to unknown senders just in case you missed added someone's email address to the permissions list.

That's it! You're now ready to start sending and receiving mail.


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