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I have my username and password, now what?
Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer.
Note: Internet Explorer provides you the most features for GHC Faculty Staff Web Email.
At the top left hand side, in the location bar of the page, type in the Address field of the browser and press Enter.
See below (NOTE: Your browser may look different from the pic below):

Browser Picture
The following link will also take your there:

You should get the following login box:

Login Page Image

You will notice a few options on this page.
There are a couple reasons for these:
  1. The secure login allows more security with your account information.
  2. The choice of client type allows a user connecting through a slow connection (modem) the ability to choose a lower bandwith or basic version of OWA.
  3. The login allows a user to identify the domain their account belongs to.

Sometimes the domain is required and sometimes it is not. You will use ghc as your domain. So if you are Jane Doe, you would enter ghc\jdoe or GHC\jdoe. The domain and username are NOT case sensitive - though your password is.

Enter your password - remember it is case sensitive, so ghc123 is not the same as GHC123 (and this is probably not a very secure password)
Once you have logged in, you can change your password by clicking to the "Change Password" screen.

You can also call IT support staff and have them help you change your password.

Now for the two options - Client and Security.

The client option allows a user to select the lesser andwith intensive or Basic version of OWA.
TThis helps if you are connecting through a modem or other slow speed connection but will give you less features than the Premium selection.
NOTE: Always try the premium as the default. OWA usually works fine with modems and many of you will have DSL or ableModem. Use this as an option if you do have problems with speed.

The Security option allows the user better security options when checking mail at an unsecure spot or non-home situation.

These options (Client and Security) are also explained by clicking the "What's This?" link beside each one.
Once successfully logged on, you should be taken right to your inbox as seen below.
If your window looks different from the one below, you might have to click the down arrown next to "Folders" in the top of the left window pane.
In each window you will see a toolbar across the top with icons ready to click for each task.
Rest your cursor over these icons to see what actions they will perform.
Note: Sorry, this feature isn’t available for Macintosh users yet!

Using Internet Explorer 5.0 (or above)and running on Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or XP, and VISTA provides you with additional features in OWA. A href="owa.htm">Click here to for a list of these features.

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If I have any questions, who can I call?

For general computing questions or for questions concerning the use of campus software, call Mark Holm at x4158 or stop by and visit Mark in room 2313 in the Manspeaker Building.

Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen, WA 98520

(360) 532-9020
or toll-free (in WA state) 1-(800) 562-4830
Fax: (360) 538-4299