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UW Chemistry Email

All faculty, staff, and students are provided with mail accounts on the UW mail servers, You'll need your UW NetID to access this account. Note that University notices are sent to this account, so if you don't check it regularly, you should forward mail to an account that you do check.

Faculty and Staff are provided with an email account at See Sally Weaks to set up an account.

Students must use their UW mail account,



Most Chemistry accounts have now been switched to the UW email servers. To access your email via the web please logon to


If you are still on the Chemistry email server you may access the web mail here: accessed via a web browser.

Vacation Message (old chemistry mail server only)

  • You can create a "vacation message" to send an automated response to email received while you are away.
  • Direct your browser to
  • Log in using your chem mail name (usually your last name) and password.
  • Click on "Options" (at top of page).
    On the Options page, click "Autoresponder"
  • Type your desired subject and message in the text boxes.
  • Check the box "Enable auto-reply to sender " to enable your autoresponse.
  • Click the "Submit" button to make your changes effective.
  • Don't forget to disable the message when you return.
  • You can disable your autoreply by unchecking the "Enable..." box followed by "Submit"
  • If you are testing your vacation message, keep in mind that the autoresponder will only send the message once per week to a given sender's address.


Mail with Renamed Attachments

To protect Department of Chemistry mail recipients from email-borne viri, our mail server disables some types of email attachments, by appending ".bad" to the file name. This prevents the attachment from "opening" automatically when you click on it.

If you receive such a mail message, with a subject line beginning with "[renamed attachement]", and if you determine with confidence that it is, in fact, not a viral message, then you may recover the attachment as follows:

  • Save the attachement to your local disk drive.
  • Edit the file name to remove the ".bad" extension and change the "_" to a period ".".
  • Now it should "open" when you click on it in MS Windows.

You should recover the attached file only if you are positively sure that it is not a virus file.

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