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Windows Mail Tips, Tricks and Secrets

Windows Mail comes with Windows at no additional charge. That does not mean it is worthless, of course. Windows Mail can do a lot! Find out how to make it do what you want with these tips. Windows Mail is not priceless either. If you run into a problem, here are troubleshooting strategies, too.

Most Popular Windows Mail Tips, Tricks and Tutorials
We all want the same: the same piece of chocolate cake, the same good health, and the same stunts from Windows Mail. Find out how to make Windows Mail do what most people want it to with these tips and tutorials.

Formats Supported for Background Sound in Windows Mail
Spice your emails with background sound in one of those formats in Windows Mail.

How to Access a Free AIM Mail Account with Windows Mail
Ah, the sweet taste of freedom a peculiar, superficial kind of freedom, of course. But freedom nonetheless: get your AIM Mail in Windows Mail in a very elegant manner.

How to Access an AOL Email Account with Windows Mail
Read and send your AOL mail in Windows Mail. You can even access all of your folders easily.

How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail
Do you want to download mail from your Windows Live Hotmail account into Windows Mail? Here's how to set that up.

How to Access Free Yahoo! Mail with Windows Mail
Would you like to receive your Yahoo! Mail in Windows Mail? With YPOPs!, you can.

How to Access Gmail with Windows Mail
Do you want to combine the ubiquity and space of a Gmail account with the power and comfort of your Windows Mail? Here's how to set up access to your Gmail email in Windows Mail.

How to Access Zenbe in Windows Mail
Spread the Zenbe email experience — to Windows Mail, for example. Here's how to set up a Zenbe account in Windows Mail using POP or IMAP.

How to Add a Background Image to an Email with Windows Mail
Even if it doesn't say more than a thousand words, a picture in the background of your email can enhance it greatly. Here's how to add background images to messages in Windows Mail.

How to Add a Member to a Mailing List in Windows Mail
Add a recipient to a mailing list you have created in Windows Mail quickly, and without adding them to the address book, too.

How to Add a Sender to the Windows Mail or Address Book Quickly
Here's a fast, no-fuss method to build your Windows Mail address book.

How to Add All Recipients of an Email to Your Windows Mail Contacts
From the To: or Cc: line of an email you have received right into your Windows Mail address book. Here's a streamlined way to add new contacts from existing emails.

How to Add an Image to Your Windows Mail Signature
Here's how you can add an image or an animation to your signature at the bottom of every message you send with Windows Mail.

How to Add Background Sound to Emails in Windows Mail
Enrich your emails in Windows Mail with some music that will automatically play when the recipient opens them.

How to Add Bcc Recipients in Windows Mail
Send blind carbon copies of your email messages with Windows Mail. The regular recipients won't know that the Bcc recipients got a copy as well.

How to Adjust Printer Margins and Orientation in Windows Mail
When you print an email in Windows Mail, characters, columns or lines are cut off and missing? Adjust the printer marginsor page orientation (portrait or landscape) and get the full message.

How to Append a Signature Automatically in Windows Mail
Never forget to sign a letter again with the help of Windows Mail, which can append your signature to outgoing emails automatically.

How to Associate .EML Files and Attachments with Windows Mail
Can you suddenly no longer open .eml files and attachments at all, or do they spring forward a completely unrelated application? Here's how to repair the association of .eml files with Windows Mail and open attached emails or files from the Desktop happily.

How to Back Up or Copy Individual Messages with Windows Mail
Backing up your precious emails and exporting them as .eml files becomes a drag and drop activity in Windows Mail.

How to Back Up or Copy Your Windows Mail Address Book
(After I have made it sound difficult,) you'll be surprised how easy it is to create a copy of your Windows Mail address book (also known as Windows Contacts) as a backup or for migration to a new computer.

How to Back Up or Copy Your Windows Mail Blocked Senders List
Create a backup of your blocked senders in Windows Mail, or carry them with you to a new computer.

How to Back Up or Copy Your Windows Mail Mail Rules
Save a backup copy of your Windows Mail mail filters, or transfer them to a different computer.

How to Block a Sender in Windows Mail
Have Windows Mail send messages from certain senders to the trash automatically.

How to Block Messages from a Domain in Windows Mail
Put a ban on whole domains in Windows Mail and have it delete mail from senders belonging to that domain (everybody with an @aboutguide.com email address, for example) automatically.

How to Block Potentially Dangerous Remote Images in Windows Mail
Prevent Windows Mail or Outlook Express from downloading remote images automatically when you open or preview a message. This helps protect your privacy and stops Windows Mail and Outlook Express from validating your email address.

How to Build Your Windows Mail Address Book Automatically
Windows Mail can help you collect the people you know in your address book by automatically adding everybody you reply to via email.

How to Change a Message's Priority in Windows Mail
Set your priorities for messages right. Here's how to change the priority of an email you are composing in Windows Mail.

How to Change the Columns Shown in Windows Mail
See what you want to see. Here's how to specify which info you want to see in a mailbox in Windows Mail.

How to Change the Default Font Face and Color in Windows Mail
Make the emails you send with Windows Mail more interesting and fancy by using custom font face and color and by default.

How to Change the Font Size of the Windows Mail Message List
Is the list of messages in a folder small, tiny and barely legible? Here's how to increase the font size (or choose a different font altogether) for message lists, folder names and other display items in Windows Mail.

How to Change the Name From Which Your Emails are Sent in Windows Mail
Want to (appear to) be someone else? Here's how to change the name that appears in the From: line of emails you send with Windows Mail.

How to Change the New Mail Sound in Windows Mail
Make Windows Mail announce new emails your way by changing the sound they play for this event.

How to Check for New Mail Periodically in Windows Mail
Say good-bye to the "Send/Rcv" button and have Windows Mail or Outlook Express check for and download new mail automatically, periodically and reliably for you in the background.

How to Check the Spelling of Only a Part of a Message in Windows Mail
Does a message you write in Windows Mail contain some text that is heavily wrong and you know it (in a foreign language, for example). But you still want to check the spelling of the rest of the email? Here's how.

How to Check the Spelling of Your Emails Automatically in Windows Mail
Make Windows Mail check the spelling of every email you send, when you send it.

How to Choose and Insert Signatures Manually in Windows Mail
Windows Mail lets me use signature A for aunt Annie, and signature L for you! Here's how to select a specific signature for a message you're composing in Windows Mail.

How to Color-Code Mail From a Particular Account in Windows Mail
See which account any messages was received through immediately by having Windows Mail colorize emails accordingly and automatically.

How to Compose and Send an Email Message in Windows Mail
The "e" in email stands for easy. Here's how to compose, address and send an email message in Windows Mail.

How to Configure Windows Mail to Work with POPFile
Do you want your email in Windows Mail to be filtered through a supreme anti-spam tool? Here's how to set up Windows Mail to work with POPFile.

How to Create a Business Card (vCard) in Windows Mail
Windows Mail can collect all your contact information in one place: a vCard.

How to Create a Message in Windows Mail from the Command Line
If you send messages in Windows Mail from a command prompt or programmatically from another application, you can even specify default recipients, a default subject and suggested message text.

How to Create a New Message Using EML Windows Mail Stationery
Beautiful emails with Windows Mail in two clicks.

How to Create a New Message Using Stationery in Windows Mail
Put all that great stationery to pretty use and create wonderful email messages in Windows Mail.

How to Create a Signature in Windows Mail
Email signatures can contain essential contact info, a witty quote or deep insight. Here's how to set up your signature in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

How to Create Email Stationery Easily in Windows Mail
Do you want to use your letterhead in emails — automatically? Or have you just created a message so beautiful you may want to use its formatting again? Here's how you can save any email you are composing in Windows Mail or Outlook Express as stationery, a template for future emails preserving all the formatting and wording.

How to Create Folders to Organize Mail in Windows Mail
If your Inbox is full of mail in Windows Mail, set up folders to organize mail, get rid of stress. Here's how to do it.

How to Delete a Message Bypassing the Trash in Windows Live Mail
Here's the door! (And woe to you if I find you in the Windows Live Mail trash instead...) — Here's how to purge mail immediately in Windows Live Mail, bypassing the "Trash" folder.

How to Delete an Address from the Windows Mail Auto-Complete List
Prevent Windows Mail from suggesting mistyped or unused addresses by selectively deleting them from email address auto-completion (in the To:, Cc: and Bcc: fields).

How to Delete an Attachment from Received Mail in Windows Mail
Do you want to keep an email but not its bulky attachments? Here's how to detach files from emails you have received in Windows Mail.

How to Delete Stationery from the New Mail Menu in Windows Mail
Have you deleted a stationery from Windows Mail, but it still shows up in the list when you click "Create Mail"? Here's how to get rid of the obsolete and dysfunctional entry.

How to Disable Inline Display of Image Attachments in Windows Mail
Does it annoy you when Windows Mail displays attached pictures inside the message? Here's how to make it show them as attached files only, leaving the message text alone.

How to Disable the Preview Pane in Windows Mail
Disable the message preview pane in Windows Mail to avoid getting worms or viruses by just browsing messages.

How to Display all Header Lines in Windows Mail
Do a bit of archeology and find out hidden details about emails in Windows Mail.

How to Display the HTML Source of an Email in Windows Mail
Back to the sources! Here's how to take a look under the hood of an email in Windows Mail!

How to Edit Group Members Before Sending in Windows Mail
If you send a message to an address book group in Windows Mail, you can edit the recipient list before delivery with this trick.

How to Edit the HTML Source of a Message in Windows Mail
Edit every aspect of your messages in Windows Mail by turning to the HTML source. The options for advanced editing are endless there.

How to Edit the Subject of a Received Email in Windows Mail
The Subject of a received email can be subject to change in Windows Mail: give incoming emails the meaningful Subject line you want and wish the sender had used.

How to Enable or Disable the New Mail Sound in Windows Mail
If you can't stand the sound Windows Mail makes whenever new mail arrives, here's how to turn it off. If you'd like to be notified about incoming messages with a sound in Windows Mail, here's how to turn it on.

How to Export Contacts and Email Addresses from Windows Mail
Save your Windows Mail contacts to a CSV file that lets you migrate and copy them to most other email programs and services.

How to Filter Mail from a Certain Sender Easily in Windows Mail
It's easy to create a new rule from an existing message in Windows Mail. Here's how to use this feature to file all future email from the same sender to a special folder, for example.

How to Find and Open Your Windows Mail Stationery Folder
Do you want to add new stationery to Windows Mail or remove some stale backgrounds? Here's how to locate and open the Windows Mail default stationery folder.

How to Find Your Windows Mail Settings in the Windows Registry
Locate your Windows Mail key in the Windows registry to tweak (and destroy) your settings, and to back up (and restore) them.

How to Fix MIDI Not Playing in Windows Mail
Have MIDI files you insert as background music in your emails stopped playing? Here's how to fix MIDI sound in Windows Mail.

How to Fix Windows Mail Not Letting You Change the Text Size
Your Windows Mail stubbornly refuses to accept your changing the text size? Whatever you try, it jumps back to what it deems to one and only correct size? Here are the IE settings that let you change the font size in Windows Mail again.

How to Forward a Message as an Attachment with Windows Mail
Use a clean and simple way of forwarding emails in Windows Mail.

How to Forward an Email with Windows Mail
Let others participate in the great emails you get by forwarding them with Windows Mail.

How to Group Conversation Threads in Windows Mail
See previous messages in a conversation right next to the new ones — automatically arranged by Windows Mail.

How to Have Windows Mail Empty the Trash Automatically
You don't want to keep emptying the "Deleted Items" folder? You don't want it to grow big and slow either? Here's how to make Windows Mail do the emptying for you — automatically and whenever you exit the program.

How to Have Windows Mail Send Mail Immediately
Make the emails you send go right to their recipients instead of just to Windows Mail's "Outbox" folder.

How to Hide Deleted Messages in an IMAP Account in Windows Mail
Can't see the remaining important messages because Windows Mail still displays all the remaining deleted messages in a folder? Here's how to hide the latter to highlight and see clearly the former.

How to Highlight Messages with Attachments in Windows Mail
Attachments can be highlights. Or dangerous lowlights. Here's how to make them stand out using a useful rule in Windows Mail.

How to Highlight One Sender's Mail Automatically in Windows Mail
Here's how you can make Windows Mail highlight mail from a certain sender automatically using a specific color.

How to Highlight Text as with a Marker Pen in Windows Mail
You don't have to drive the highlighter squeakily across your monitor to mark some text important in your emails. Here's how to mimic a highlighter and change the background color of select words, characters or paragraphs in Windows Mail.

How to Import Mail and Account Settings from Windows Mail in Live Mail
When Windows Mail goes Live, you can take your email accounts and data with you: here's how to import Windows Mail account settings, messages and folders into Windows Live Mail.

How to Import or Restore Windows Mail Mail Rules
Get all your fine Windows Mail mail filters back.

How to Import Your Emails from Windows Mail in Gmail
With the help of a middleprogram and a cool hack, it is not only possible but also easy, swift and quite amazing an undertaking to migrate all your mail from Windows Mail or Outlook Express to Gmail.

How to Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Windows Mail
Send photos, drawings, and all kinds of images with your emails in Windows Mail so recipients can see them inside the message.

How to Install WinZip Self-Extracting Stationery for Windows Mail
Self-extracting stationery may unzip itself, but it doesn't install on its own. But getting that stationery to work is not difficult either.

How to Install Zipped Stationery in Windows Mail
From downloaded stationery zip file to beautiful Windows Mail emails in a few steps.

How to Insert a Link to a Web Page in an Email with Windows Mail
If you particularly like (or dislike) a page on the web, it is easy to share it by inserting a link to it in an email with Windows Mail.

How to Keep Mail at Server Several Days with Windows Mail
Combine the advantages of having Windows Mail leave a copy of your mail at the server with a minimized risk that your account gets clogged up with mail.

How to Leave a Backup of Mail at the Server with Windows Mail
Make Windows Mail keep a copy of each message it downloads on the server for later re-retrieval.

How to Log POP and IMAP Traffic to Troubleshoot Windows Mail Problems
Want to find out what Windows Mail does, what it does not, and what it does wrongly as it tries to download mail from POP or IMAP accounts. Log your traffic for troubleshooting and valuable insights.

How to Log SMTP Traffic to Fix Windows Mail Sending Problems
You can't send mail and all Windows Mail comes up with is a cryptic error number? Here's how to make Outlook Express create a detailed log of what happens so you can figure out — and fix — the problem.

How to Mail All Address Book Entries in Windows Mail
Now listen, everybody, here's a message from Windows Mail, and here's how to mail everybody in your address book at once and easily.

How to Make Windows Mail Accept Only Mail from Your Contacts and Safe Senders
How do you eliminate almost all spam from your Windows Mail Inbox? You allow only messages from the exclusive circle of known senders in.

How to Make Windows Mail Not Break Emails into Pieces
If recipients of your emails complain about getting many, many messages with nothing but jumbled letters and numbers in them, it may be Windows Mail trying to turn one big email into many small messages. Fortunately, you can prevent it from attempting that and make it send normal mail instead.

How to Make Windows Mail Remember Your Email Account Password
Windows Mail asks you for the password to your email account every time you check for new messages? Even if the "Remember Password" field is grayed out, you can probably make Windows Mail remember, use and enter that password for you.

How to Make Windows Mail Send Your Inline Images
If recipients of emails you have composed in Windows Mail using stationery complain about red x's where the images should be, here's what to do.

How to Make Windows Mail Your Default Windows Email Program
Is Windows Mail not what comes up when you click an email address? Here's how to make Windows Mail your default in Windows for all things email (including the addresses).

How to Open Blocked Attachments in Windows Mail
Prevent Windows Mail from preventing you from opening and saving email attachments.

How to Open Emails Maximized in Windows Mail
Windows Mail does not remember you want to read your mail maximized? Never mind, you can still make it display the messages to fill the screen.

How to Prevent Background Image Repeating in Windows Mail
Are you irritated by a background image you inserted in an email in Windows Mail showing up again at the right column? Here's how to prevent this, and how to make background pictures repeat only downwards or to the right.

How to Prevent Windows Mail from Hanging Up Your Connection
Stop Windows Mail from disconnecting you automatically when it has finished exchanging mail.

How to Prevent Windows Mail from Making Internet Connections
Remain offline even if Windows Mail thinks you need an internet connection.

How to Prevent Windows Mail from Underlining Email Address
Don't like it how Windows Mail underlines every email address you type in a message and changes the color, too? Here's how to make email addresses look plain and good in emails (while optionally retaining the mailto: link functionality).

How to Print a Message in a Larger Font in Windows Mail
Are you stuck with tiny fonts when printing emails in Windows Mail? Here's how to print large, even with Windows Mail.

How to Print an Email in Windows Mail
If you want to see your emails in print, here's how to become a publisher and create printouts of email messages from Windows Mail.

How to Print an Email Including Background Images in Windows Mail
Have you received a graphically rich email and want to turn it into just a graphically rich printout? Here's how to print emails including their background graphics and colors in Windows Mail.

How to Print Part of an Email Message in Windows Mail
Since you have an adventurous soul and want to print only part of an email message, here's how to do this neatly in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

How to Read All Mail in Plain Text Only in Windows Mail
Turn Windows Mail into a really, really, really secure email reader by making it display all messages in plain text only by default.

How to Read Mail in a Larger Font in Windows Mail
Read emails faster and in a more comfortable way by increasing the font size of messages in Windows Mail.

How to Remove an Address from Blocked Senders in Windows Mail
Make Windows Mail receive mail from certain senders again.

How to Remove an Email Account from Windows Mail
Want to delete an old email account from your Windows Mail configuration? Here's how to clean your accounts list of stale data.

How to Remove Margins From Emails You Compose in Windows Mail
Do you want to place a logo at the very top of your email or make some stylized text touch reach the edges of a message? In Windows Mail, you can remove the top, bottom, right and left borders when composing an email.

How to Request a Read Receipt for a Message in Windows Mail
Ask Windows Mail to ask for you to be notified when the recipient opens your message.

How to Request Read Receipts for All Messages in Windows Mail
Want to know when your emails are read? Here's how to make Windows Mail request read receipts from recipients by default.

How to Resend a Message in Windows Mail
Want to send a message to yet another recipient, or did you get a delivery failure back and want to try again? Here's how to resend emails in Windows Mail.

How to Save a Message as Text with Windows Mail
Export the text from a message's body to a plain text file with Windows Mail.

How to Save an Embedded Image with Windows Mail
Save inline images from emails and newsletters with Windows Mail.

How to Save any Email as EML Stationery in Windows Mail
Turn any (incoming or outgoing) email into great stationery easily with Windows Mail.

How to Save Attachments from the Menu with Windows Mail
Get attached files out of Windows Mail and onto your Desktop (or into any other folder).

How to Save Attachments via Drag And Drop in Windows Mail
Drag attachments out of their message in Windows Mail or Outlook Express and into their final destination.

How to See a Sent Message's Bcc Recipients in Windows Mail
It is great that Bcc: recipients are not visible to other recipients of the same email, but does Windows Mail conceal to the sender who they bcc:ed, too? No, and here's how to uncover all the Bcc: addressees of a message you sent.

How to See Unread Mail Only in Windows Mail
With unread messages spread across your Windows Mail Inbox, wouldn't it be nice to hide the mail already seen? Here's how to see only new and unread emails in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

How to Send a File as an Attachment with Windows Mail
Send any document around the world to any email address in seconds with Windows Mail.

How to Send a Message in Plain Text with Windows Mail
Send a message in plain text in Windows Mail to make sure everybody can receive it properly.

How to Send a Message to a Windows Mail Mailing List
Distribute a message to the mailing list you have set up in Windows Mail.

How to Send an Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Windows Mail
When you send an email to a group of recipients, would you rather not have everybody be able to see all the other people's names and addresses? Here's how easily that is accomplished in Windows Mail.

How to Send and Receive Emails Quickly in Windows Mail
Explore the Windows Mail keyboard shortcut that gets you new messages, and delivers all emails waiting to get to their recipients.

How to Send Documents as a Single Zip File with Windows Mail
Want to send a bunch of files easily and in a compact form? Here's how to compress multiple documents in a single zip file and send it conveniently with Windows Mail.

How to Send Mail Later in Windows Mail
Put messages in the Windows Mail outbox instead of delivering them immediately so you can still edit them before they go off to the recipient.

How to Send Plain Text Messages by Default with Windows Mail
Make sure everyone can read your messages composed in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

How to Set the Default Email Account in Windows Mail
Change the email address Windows Mail puts in the "From:" field by default when you create a new message or click on an email address on a web site, for example.

How to Set the Default Signature per Email Account in Windows Mail
Tell Windows Mail to choose the signature inserted automatically depending on the account used to send a message.

How to Set Up a Vacation Auto-Response in Windows Mail
Not at the office? Away from all computers? Email without reach? While you enjoy the time, Windows Mail can dutifully and automatically reply to incoming emails, letting people know when you'll be back to respond in person.

How to Set Up Windows Mail for Lazy but Correct Replies
If you want to reply smarter, not harder, try this lazy and comfortable way of creating emails in Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

How to Show the Account in the Windows Mail Message List
Show the account in the Windows Mail message list to see immediately which account received an email.

How to Sort a Mailbox in Windows Mail
Sort the emails in your Windows Mail or Outlook Express Inbox or in any other folder from newest to oldest, by size, alphabetically, or by another order you desire.

How to Sort the List of Folders in Windows Mail
Has Windows Mail arranged your email folders in the order it deems correct and now does not allow you to place the mailboxes most important to you on top? Here's how to sort your list of Windows Mail folders in the order you prefer.

How to Switch Folders Fast with the Keyboard in Windows Mail
No mouse is needed to change your view in Windows Mail or Outlook Express. Here's how to change folders fast with a swift keyboard shortcut.

How to Turn Off Text Labels in the Windows Mail Toolbar
Don't waste precious Windows Mail toolbar estate with redundant text. Here's how to turn off the text labels on the Outlook Express toolbar buttons.

How to Turn On or Off Address Auto-Completion in Windows Mail
Ever sent an email to the wrong address by accepting what Windows Mail suggested when you started typing? Here's how to disable (or, if you want convenience back, enable) email address auto-completion in Windows Mail.

How to Tweak Synchronization Settings per Folder in Windows Mail
Specify whether Windows Mail should download full messages or only headers automatically for IMAP folders.

How to Use a Default Stationery in Windows Mail
Beautify your every email in Windows Mail by defining a default stationery that is automatically applied to every new message you write.

How to Use IncrediMail Letters as Stationery for Windows Mail
Convert your favorite IncrediMail letters to stationery you can use in Windows Mail.

How to Use Rich HTML Formatting in an Email with Windows Mail
Use bold face, custom fonts, background sound, inline images, and more in Windows Mail.

How to Use Rich HTML Formatting in Your Windows Mail Signature
If you use fancy formatting in your emails, the signature does not have to pale beside it. Here's how to use HTML to create just as fancy signatures in Windows Mail.

How to Use The Other 'Delete' Keyboard Shortcut in Windows Mail
This Windows Mail keyboard shortcut for deleting mail is faster than the 'Del' key!

How to Use Your Business Card (vCard) in Windows Mail
Have your vCard attached to outgoing emails automatically by Windows Mail.

How to View a Message in HTML Formatting in Windows Mail
Even if you have turned to the secure plain text mode in Windows Mail, it's easy to view select messages with rich HTML formatting turned on.

How to View a Message's Source in Windows Mail
Look behind an email's pretty face and see its source in Windows Mail. You can even view a message's source without opening the message itself.

Pay Attention When Extracting Stationery for Windows Mail
Extracting stationery can be a tricky matter, so pay attention!

Source Code Highlighting in Windows Mail's Mail Source Editor
Do you want Windows Mail to highlight the HTML source code while you compose a message or do you find that distracting? Here's how to turn source edit colorizing on or off.

Where Attachments Opened from Windows Mail are Stored
If you opened an attachment directly from Windows Mail, made some changes, saved them and now find they are gone, here's you change to recover the file you edited.

How to Make Win Live Mail Accept Only Mail from Your Contacts…
How do you eliminate almost all spam from your Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail Inbox? You allow only messages from the exclusive circle of known senders in.

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