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Switch among the Windows 8 Mail App’s Views, Menus, Accounts

By Andy Rathbone

To load the Windows 8 Mail app, open the Start screen with a press of your Windows key and then click the Mail app tile. The Mail app quickly fills the screen.


The Mail app lists your e-mail accounts in its bottom-left corner. The figure, for example, shows a Hotmail account at the top and a Google account beneath it. (If you’ve only set up one account, you see only one account listed.)

To see the mail sent to your account, click the account’s name. For example, see how the name Hotmail is listed in the top left corner i? That’s because it’s the currently viewed account; accordingly, the Mail app shows the Hotmail account’s newest e-mail on the screen’s right side.

Beneath the names of your e-mail accounts, the Mail app lists its main folders:

  • Inbox: Shown when you first load the Mail app, the Inbox folder lists your waiting e-mail. Mail automatically checks for new e-mail, but if you tire of waiting, click Sync. That immediately grabs any waiting Mail. (Right-click a blank portion of the Mail app to reveal its menu, including the Sync icon, along the bottom edge.)

  • Drafts: When you’re midway through writing an e-mail and want to finish it later, click the Close icon shown in the margin and choose Save Draft from the drop-down menu. The e-mail then waits in this folder for retrieval later.

  • Sent Items: Every piece of e-mail you’ve sent lingers in this folder, leaving a permanent record. (To kill any embarrassing e-mail from any folder, select the offending e-mail with a click and click the Delete icon.)

  • Junk: The Mail app sniffs out potential junk mail and drops suspects into this folder. Peek in here every once in a while to make sure nothing falls in by mistake.

  • Deleted Items: The Deleted Items folder serves as the Mail app’s Recycle Bin, letting you retrieve mistakenly deleted e-mail. To delete something permanently from the Deleted Items folder, select it and choose the Delete icon.

  • Outbox: When you send or reply to a message, the Mail app immediately tries to connect to the Internet and send it. If Mail can’t find the Internet, your message lingers here. When you connect to the Internet again, click the Sync button, if necessary, to send it on its way.

To see the contents of any folder, click it. Click any e-mail inside the folder, and its contents appear in the pane to the far right.

Created folders in your Gmail account? When you click your Google account, the Mail app lists those folders beneath the Map app’s own folders.

But where are the Mail app’s menus? Like all Start screen apps, the Mail app hides its menus on an App bar along the screen’s bottom edge. You can reveal the App bar in Mail and any Windows app with a few tricks.

To summon the App bar along the bottom of any app, choose one of these options:

  • Mouse: Right-click on a blank portion inside the app.

  • Keyboard: Press Windows+Z.

  • Touchscreen: From the screen’s bottom, slide your finger upward.

When the App bar rises from the screen’s bottom edge, it reveals icons to help you maneuver through the Mail app.


For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.