Accessing emails on your home computer should be easy, as long as you have a way of connecting the home computer to the Internet. Below are the main steps that you need to follow, in order to be able to access emails on your home computer:
Connecting your home computer to the Internet: this is the first step that you need to take, if you wish to be accessing emails on your home computer. There are several ways in which you can connect your home computer to the Internet. You can, for instance, use a DSL broadband connection. You can also use a cable service – which works along the same lines as the cable TV service, and may be included as part of your cable TV service package. There is the option of connecting your home computer to the Internet using a satellite service (the end connection isn’t as technically challenging as it sounds). You can also connect your home computer to the Internet via 3G or 4G wireless network… It boils down to checking with the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) working in your local area, to see what options are available to you.
Making the decision on the type of email service you will be using: here, you can decide to use a webmail service – which you would be accessing through a browser application. In this case, in order to access your emails, you’d be having to launch your browser application (for instance, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), and then entering the web address/URL for the webmail service you chose (for instance, Gmail.com or Yahoomail.com). Then, upon getting to the webmail service, you’d be having to log in, in order to access your emails. Alternatively, you can opt to use a desktop email application, such as Microsoft Outlook. In this case, in order to access the service, you’d be having to launch the email application (for instance, Microsoft Outlook), and then entering the required authentication details, in order to access your emails.
Setting up the email account: if you opted for a webmail service, then setting up the account will just be a question of signing up with the webmail service you selected: like, for instance, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and so on. If you opted for a desktop email system, you will have to set up the email account from your computer’s control panel, and from the email client software you will be using (for instance, Microsoft Outlook).
Accessing the emails: having set up the email account, accessing the emails will subsequently always be a question of simply logging into the email account. In most cases, this will entail entering a username and a password, these being credentials that you create when setting up the email account. Of course, for you to start receiving emails, you will need to share the email address you will have set up with various contacts, so that they can start sending emails to you through that particular address.
The way most email services work is such that upon logging in, you will be finding an inbox, where all messages sent to you are listed, and from where you can click on any message in order to view it. Having set up an email account, you can also use it to send emails (possibly including file attachments) to your contacts, to reply to the emails you receive, to forward emails… and so on.