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For Seniors: Get to Know Windows 8.1 Mail

Mail may look a bit different from other e-mail programs that use menus and tools to take actions such as deleting an e-mail, creating a new e-mail, and so on. Mail has a sparser, cleaner interface in line with the whole Windows 8.1 approach. You have a list of e-mail accounts and a list of folders for the selected account on the left.

Some typical folders are your Inbox, where most incoming mail appears; your Outbox, where items you send that haven’t completed sending sit; your Drafts folder, where drafts of e-mails are saved; and your Sent folder, where copies of sent e-mails are stored. You can set up any other folders in your original e-mail program such as Hotmail or Gmail, because you can't set these up in Mail.

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The section on the left displays inbox content, and the right portion of the screen shows the contents of a selected message in the Inbox or other folder whose contents are in the middle column of the screen.

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To move a message from your inbox, right-click it and then click the Move button on the toolbar that appears. Click a folder, and the message is moved there.

When you access Windows Live Mail and many of the other online e-mail services, you're using a program that's hosted online, rather than software on your laptop. That makes it easy to access your mail from any computer because your messages and folders are kept online.

If you use an e-mail client such as Outlook to access your e-mail accounts, the client software and your downloaded messages are stored on your laptop. Outlook.com is an online version of Outlook and can be accessed from anywhere.

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