One of the features that I like in Windows 8 is the ability to send and receive emails right from the Metro Interface. In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up email in Windows 8 using your regular email address such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo or any other email address you own.
Whether you are at work or at home, email is an important way to stay connected for many of us. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has replaced Outlook express with the Mail app. In terms of features, not much has changed – they both perform the same usual operations such as read, reply to, and forward emails – except that the Mail app runs in full-screen mode, just like all Windows 8 Metro apps. Its interface is minimalistic and focuses on browsing and reading your email messages.
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Set up email in Windows 8
You can set up your email in Windows 8 for most email providers and access one or more of those accounts by using the Mail app. For major email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Aol, the process is straight forward – enter your email address and password that you use with the respective providers, and you are ready to go.
- From the Metro interface, click on the Mail tile.
- To add a new email account, use the Windows shortcut Windows key+ I. You should see a list of options appear in the right sidebar.
- Click on
Add an accountin order to set up a new email account. A list of popular email providers will be displayed.
- Choose your favorite email provider and enter your email address and password associated with your account. Then click
Using custom email address
If you own a website and would like to use the email address associated with it (e.g. email@example.com), you can do so by clicking on
Other Account(see step 3 above). Once you enter your email account credentials, you will then be asked to enter your IMAP server address and port number.
See also: POP3 v/s IMAP: Which one to use?
If you are using Cpanel, you can get that info in
Email Accounts >
Configure Email Client. You can also contact your hosting provider to get your IMAP details.
Incoming server requires SSLand
Outgoing server requires SSLand use non-ssl ports as shown below.
Reading and Replying to Emails
Once you are connected to your email account in Windows 8, you will see a preview of your recent emails on the left sidebar. To read your email, click on it and the full content of the email will load automatically on the right. If you want to create a new email, reply to the current email or delete it, use the three buttons at the top of your screen.
If you want to perform these actions quicker, you can take the fast lane – by using keyboard shortcuts when using the Mail app.
|Common actions within the Mail app|
|CTRL + N||Create a New Email message|
|CTRL + R||Reply to the current email|
|CTRL + D||Delete the current Email|
See also: Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut Cheatsheet
So here’s how you can easily set up your email in Windows 8 so that you don’t need to open your web browser just for that. If you’ve tried it, let us know which one your prefer – Mail app, Outlook or your regular web-based interface to read your emails?