How to Switch Views in the Windows 10 Mail App

By Andy Rathbone

To load the Windows Mail app in Windows 10, open the Start menu (by clicking the Start button in the screen’s bottom-left corner) and then click the Mail app tile (shown here).

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The Mail app appears, shown in the following figure, displaying e-mails received from your primary e-mail account — the first account you entered when setting up the app.

Email accounts and folders appear on the left, emails appear in the center, and an e-mail's content
Email accounts and folders appear on the left, emails appear in the center, and an e-mail’s contents appear on the right.

The following figure, for example, shows the currently viewed Outlook account at the pane’s top.

The Mail app resizes to adjust to different sized screens.
The Mail app resizes to adjust to different sized screens.

To see your mail from a different account, click the right-pointing arrow next to the account’s name. Your other e-mail accounts appear in a pop-out menu, letting you choose the account you wish to see.

Beneath the name of your currently viewed email account, the Mail app lists its folders:

  • Inbox: Shown when you first load the Mail app, the Inbox folder lists your waiting email, with your newest email at the top. The Mail app automatically checks for new email every few minutes, but if you tire of waiting, click the Sync button (shown here) next to the account’s name. That action immediately grabs any waiting mail.

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  • Sent Items: Click here to see the messages you’ve sent rather than received from others.

  • Drafts: If you write a message but don’t send it for some reason, it waits here, ready for your further attention.

  • More: If you’ve created a lot of folders for sorting mail, click More to find them. Click any folder, and its contents spill out to the right.

The icons along the bottom of the left pane let you switch among the Calendar app, the Mail app, the Feedback app, and the Mail app’s settings.

Click the Settings icon, for example, and a pane appears along the right, offering all the things you can tweak inside the Mail app. The Feedback app, found in several apps, lets you play armchair critic, advising Microsoft on how to improve its apps.

The Mail app, like most apps, changes its width depending on the size of your display. On a tiny tablet, the left pane shrinks to a small strip showing icons instead of words, as shown in the last image. Click any icon, and the small strip expands, showing you the same left pane shown in the first image.