ME020027 - HOWTO: How to change the initial message that is sent to new mailboxes


How to change the Default.MAI file that is created for new accounts.


Edit the Default.MAI file by selecting the post office in the Administration Program - the icon to edit the default message appears on the right hand side. This article explains how to do this manually. The message that appears for new post offices or mailboxes/users can be changed by editing a file called Default.mai.

When adding a new post office , the default.mai is copied from the C:\Program Files\Mail Enable\Config\Postoffices (assumed install directory) to C:\Program Files\Mail Enable\Config\Postoffices\ post office name.

When adding a new user/mailbox to a post office, it copies the default.mai file to the mailbox\inbox directory of the user.

To change the welcome message that is used as the default for new post offices, modify the message that exists in C:\Program Files\Mail Enable\Config\Postoffices. To change the message that appears for a new mailbox for a post office, edit the file located under C:\Program Files\Mail Enable\Config\Postoffices\postoffice name.

It is probably easiest to edit this file using Notepad.

If the default.mai that is applied to new post offices is edited (ie: C:\Program Files\Mail Enable\Config\Postoffices), keep a copy of the message because (in the current version) the file will be overwritten when upgrading. Default.mai files that have been copied from the default template to a particular post office will be preserved.

Note: To eliminate the file, simply rename or delete DEFAULT.MAI

Product:MailEnable (All Versions)
Keywords:Default.mai welcome message new mailbox user congratulations
Class:HOWTO: Product Instructions
Created:7/05/2002 12:52:00 AM
Revised:Wednesday, May 4, 2016