How to Check Mail From Another Computer

When you're away from your computer, there's no need to let your email pile up unread. Email has become so prevalent that your family, friends or colleagues may expect a zippy response even if they know you're out of town. Fortunately, with connected computers in nearly every home, not to mention public libraries and Internet cafés, there's no need to wait. Your email is just a few quick steps away.

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Find a connected computer. If you're at a friend's house, ask whether he has a computer you may use. If you're away from your hometown and not staying in a private home, find a public library or Internet café. A hotel concierge or local Yellow Pages can help.

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At the connected computer, determine your email provider's homepage URL. You can do this by navigating to a search page and searching for the provider's name or the domain of your email address (email addresses are typically in the format username@domain.com, or @domain.org, @domain.net or @domain.edu). Alternatively, try simply typing "www." or "mail." followed the domain name. If you're planning in advance of a trip, give your mail provider a call and simply ask the URL.

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Go to the email provider's page, then scan the page for a link called "Mail," "Webmail," "Check Mail" or "Sign In." A link that leads you to log in to your account or marked with the word "mail" should lead you to the correct page.

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Log in. Enter the username and password you use to access mail at home. Read your mail right on the website. You can respond to or forward messages, as well as delete them or compose new messages. Typically, any folders you have set up on your home system will be unavailable.

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Log off. To protect your privacy, remember to log off at the end of your session. Check the Web browser you used for privacy options such as deleting cookies and clearing cached content and passwords. These options are located in the "Tools" menu of Firefox. Internet Explorer users (version 7 and later) can press the "Delete Browsing History" in the "Tools" pull-down.