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Downloading email for offline reading

By brighteye ·
I am under the impression if I download Netscape Navigator, I can download my emails from Insight, Hotmail and Yahoo to READ "off line" (including any links)to restrict amount of time "on line".

Several things: When I tried to "sign in", the page for new users came up so I attempted to use email and password there but of course, was told it was already assigned. Tried several times. If it won't let me sign in, can I still download?

2nd: Another site referenced Netscape Navigator 4.1 but I do not find that particular one. Can you tell me which one I need from the three you offer to accomplish getting the emails downloaded?

3rd: Once I get the software, how do I know what settings to use to accomplish the email downloads to read off line?

Thank you!

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by TheChas In reply to Downloading email for of ...

First off, the current version of Netscape does not include an email client application. So you cannot download any mail for off-line reading with Netscape. While you can find older versions of Netscape at places like most older browsers have security holes in them that would leave your computer open to hackers and assorted mal-ware. You can use Mozilla Sea-Monkey, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Outlook Express.

I don't know the details for Insight mail.

For Hotmail, I believe you can only download it with Outlook Express or Outlook. Even then, there are plans to eliminate or restrict the ability to download your messages.

For Yahoo, you technically need to be using the higher level paid service to be able to download your messages. There are 3rd party software packages that let you download your messages into an email client. Check the listing at free-ware sites like or for links to these programs.

Google's GMail does allow you to download messages to nearly any mail client. You do need to go to the settings page and mark the box to allow POP access. You also need to set up your email client program as specified on the account setup page.


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