hi again i thought of a program simply to use to save time in checking my emails by somehow connecting to my login and downloading all the emails. this could later be expanded into using multiple accounts.

can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction to start this?

well depending upon what email provider you might be able to use an api or webservice call

for example gmail
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gmail-api

if not, then you might want to simulate the login and do screen scraping on the page that is returned

thanks i use hotmail but i don't quite understand what you mean.
(I've only been using python as my first programming language for half a year now)

i couldn't use that for some reason but thanks for trying