Set your email server on your Browser

If you choose to use the email function available through your web browser, you will need to set the email preferences in order that the browser will know your email name and the email server. If you are not sure how to do this and are using a computer lab associated with an educational institution, you should be able to get some help from the lab consultants. If you need to set this up on your own, read through the instructions provided on the web page for the appropriate web browser. ( If you use Netscape you will need to set the name of the server and your identity in preferences.


  1. Using Netscape mailer: After selecting the assignment you want to prepare click on "File" and scroll down to "Mail Document…" Click on it. The "Mail To:" window will appear.
  2. Click on the "View" and check to see if "Attachment" is checked. If there is a check mark, scroll down to it and click on it. This will take the check mark off. You should probably not need to repeat this more than once.
  3. Click on "File" in the mail window and scroll down to "Include Original Text." This instructs the browser to give you a visual and editable version of the assignment in the mail window.
  4. You will see only text, no pictures, in the mail window. You may need to switch back to view the pictures when working on your assignment. You can do this easily by clicking on the dormant web page and then reducing it when you are ready to move back to the mail window. Of course, if you print out the web page, you will have the pictures in front of you as well.
  5. Click down in the assignment and begin editing the existing lesson. Follow instructions carefully.
  6. At the top of the assignment type the following:
  7. your name
    course name and number
    enrollment number (REQUIRED FOR PROPER CREDIT!)
    make sure the ASSIGNMENT NUMBER appears in the e-mail form under subject
  8. Add any questions you may have for the instructor at the end of the assignment
  9. IMPORTANT: Insert your instructor's e-mail address ( in the "Mail To" data line and a copy to the Independent Study Program ( in the "Cc" data line. You can edit the "subject" line if you wish to list the assignment number.
  10. When you have finished, click on the "Send" button.
  11. Problems? Contact your instructor or Donna at Independent Study ( for his or her e-mail address.

If you are using a different browser (other than Netscape) you may need to cut and paste in order to get the document into your mailer for editing. This generally works quite well. You may follow this procedure for most e-mail programs as well. If you have difficulty, check with the distributor of your technology. Please follow the directions in number 6 above and include the information asked for.

You may always send assignments in by snail mail to the independent study office if you prefer.