Windows Live Mail Tutorial

Windows Live Mail Tutorial


From Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail Welcome to our Windows Live Mail Tutorial!

After Outlook Express for Windows 98 to XP and Windows Mail for Vista, Windows Live Mail is a free email program from Microsoft you can install on Windows Vista and Windows 7 / 8 (alongside Windows 8 Mail). The current version is Windows Live Mail 2012 "Wave 5", now a much closer alternative to Outlook, with a built-in calendar and RSS reader.

Tip: on Windows XP, the latest version you can run is Windows Live Mail 2009 ("Wave 3"). See our Windows Live Mail tutorial for XP. If you see a ribbon at the top of the window, you are using Windows Live Mail 2011 or 2012: New ribbon in Windows Live Mail 2011 / 2012

Windows Live Mail Tutorials for Beginners

Windows Live Mail taskbar button in Windows 7 Windows Live Mail is the email program part of Windows Live Essentials, a free software package made by Microsoft: since its first version in 2007, this email program has slowly risen to become a noteworthy competitor to Microsoft Outlook (~$100, MRSP), the Office suite mail client and personal information manager. The latest version is available to all recent versions of Windows. A few introductory topics on this awesome app: Download WLM 2012WLM system requirementsWhat version of WLM do I have?

Like many recent Windows programs, Windows Live Mail 2012, still the latest version in 2016, includes both a "quick access toolbar" and a ribbon, instead of a traditional menu system and toolbars. Learn how to customize the quick access toolbar (it's very easy!)

Configure Email Accounts

Setup email accounts (POP3, IMAP, and more!) Windows Live Mail supports just about any email account you can think of, from standard POP3 and IMAP accounts, to proprietary protocols like Microsoft's Exchange / DeltaSync. In Windows Live Mail 2012, the account setup process is near fully automated for popular email providers, but you can still manually configure your accounts: Add email accountAdd AOL MailAdd GmailAdd HotmailAdd Yahoo MailAccount Settings

Windows Live Mail options and settings Once you've configured your email accounts (in theory, you can have as many of them setup in Windows Live Mail as you want), you can customize them, for example by changing port settings, or switching to SSL/TLS authentication: Change passwordChange default accountLeave messages on serverDelete email account

Address book, Lists, and Contacts

Windows Live Mail contacts and lists Windows Live Mail comes with a full-fledged address book that allows you to maintain a list of contacts in a single location, and manage them in categories for mass mailings (called "lists", or "contact groups"). You can even import and export your contacts between Windows Live Mail and older versions of the same program and other popular email clients! Add contactImport contactsExport contactsCreate a contact listEdit contact list

Send and Receive Emails

Send and receive emails in Windows Live Mail You can fully customize how Windows Live Mail sends and receives email messages - globally, and on an account-by-account basis, including how to temporarily disable some accounts or work offline. These tutorials will cover the basics of reading and composing messages as well. Request read receiptSend / receive settingsWork offlineMark emails as read / unread

Email formatting and signature Every message you send says something about you: adding a signature makes your emails look more professional, and the font you choose can make you stand out from other emails people receive (in a good way or in a bad way :) To quickly process incoming mail, you can setup mail filters to automatically move or delete messages (only works with accounts added as POP3). Add signature in WLMChange font color / sizeCreate message rule (mail filter)Flag messages

Note: Windows Live Mail includes a spell-checker, which can be customized and even be set to prevent you from sending messages that contain misspellings!

Junk filter, spam settings, and blocked senders list

Manually report junk mail in Windows Live Mail Unlike its predecessors (Outlook Express and Vista Mail), Windows Live Mail includes adaptive spam filters built right in! "Adaptive" means that they learn and get better at recognizing junk mail, and receive spam list updates through Windows Updates. And you can manually block senders and domains (or add them to your safe list!) Customize junk filter settingsWLM blocked senders list

Troubleshooting Windows Live Mail Problems

The first error message covered in our tutorials is one of the most crippling: it completely prevents you from opening Windows Live Mail. Yet, in most cases, it's a very easy problem to fix: Error 0x80041161: Windows Live Mail could not be started.

Windows Live Mail Tips and Tricks

Windows Live Mail, current default email client Windows Live Mail is a deceptively simple program to use, which hides a lot of advanced functionality at first glance: these and future tips and tricks will help you discover some of the "hidden" features you generally don't come across except by accident! That includes non-email features like the built-in RSS reader (for news feeds), and the powerful calendar, which can be synchronized online once you have setup a Hotmail / account (Windows Live Calendar runs the backend). View email headersHide ribbonHide iconHide calendarSet WLM as default email program

Note: Microsoft Outlook lets you hide it when it's minimized. That's one of the features Windows Live Mail doesn't have "out-of-the-box". Fortunately, there's a free, third-party utility that lets you do the same for any Windows program. Learn just how easily you can Minimize Windows Live Mail to the tray!

And the saddest tutorial we can write is how to uninstall Windows Live Mail from your computer, which would mean that you no longer like the program for some reason!

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