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Mail for Windows 10 - Tips & Tricks

Mail is the email client software that comes pre-installed with Windows 10. This feature-rich app allows you to manage email messages from different email accounts (Outlook, Google, Yahoo, Exchange...) right on your PC. Furthermore, the Mail app works in tandem with the Calendar app, making it easy create new events, schedule reminders, sync contacts, and manage your schedule based on the emails you receive. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to get started.

How To Set Up Your Email Account in Windows 10

Adding an email account to the Mail app is really easy. Click on Start > All Apps > Mail to open the app:

Click on the Cog icon displayed on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to open the Settings sidebar:

Click on Accounts to proceed to Choose an account page.

Next, click on + Add account and choose the type of account you would like to add (e.g. a Google account):

Enter your email address and password. When prompted, click on Allow to grant access to your email account (calendars, contacts, personal info, messages...). Once everything is set up, a message that reads, "Your account was successfully set up" will be displayed. Click on Done to exit the setup wizard and return to the home screen. You will now be able to manage emails for the selected account by going to the Accounts section:

Also note that each time you add an email account to the Mail app, a corresponding entry will be created in the Calendar app:

Customize Your Email Account Settings in the Mail App

Now that your email account has been added to the Mail app, it's time to customize your settings. Right-click on the desired mailbox and select Account Settings from the contextual menu.

How To Change an Email Account Name

You can change the default account name by registering a new name in the Account name field:

N.B. The Delete account option will allow you to remove the selected account from the Mail app.

How To Configure Your Email Sync Settings

Click on Change mailbox sync settings to access additional options:

The Download new email menu will allow you choose how often the Mail app will check for new messages. Select the based on my usage option if you would like the Mail app to dynamically manage the download of new messages.

If you are experiencing a slow internet connection or want to reduce your data usage, you simply have to clear the Always download full message and Internet images checkbox. This will enable you to view snippets of incoming messages (instead of downloading full messages) so that you can navigate your inbox more efficiently.

Next, scroll to the Sync options section to select the items (Email, Calendar, and/or Contacts) you would like to sync with your account:

Finally, click on Advanced mailbox settings to configure options like Incoming email server, Outgoing (SMTP) email server, Calendar server, and Contact server.

How To Personalize the Mail App

The Mail app also includes a number of customization options to make its interface more pleasant. Click on Settings > Personalization (in the right sidebar). Here, you can choose an accent color, theme, and a custom background for the app's interface:

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