How to Read an E-Mail Message in Windows Mail - dummies

How to Read an E-Mail Message in Windows Mail

By Nancy C. Muir

Reading the e-mail messages that you receive is a breeze in Windows Vista. When Windows Mail receives messages, it stores them in an Inbox folder awaiting your review. To read the message contents and attachments, you need to open the message.

  1. Click an e-mail message in your Inbox or double-click it to open it in a separate window.

    Unread messages sport an icon of an unopened envelope to the left of the message subject.

  2. Use the scrollbars in the message window to scroll down through the message and read it.

    A newly received e-mail message.
    A newly received e-mail message.

    You might even want to click the Maximize button in the title bar to let the message fill your screen so that you don’t have to scroll.

  3. To open an attachment, double-click it.

    If the message has an attachment, it shows a paper clip symbol when the message is closed in your Inbox. Attachments are listed in the Attach box in the open message.

    If you’d rather save an attachment to a storage disk or your hard drive, right-click the attachment name in the Attach field and choose Save As. In the Save As dialog box that appears, choose a location and provide a name for the file; then click Save.

  4. In the Mail Attachment dialog box, click the Open button.


    The attachment opens in whatever program is associated with it (such as the Windows Fax and Picture Viewer for a graphics file) or the program it was created in (such as Microsoft Word).

If you don’t know the person sending you the message, or if the file is executable (it has the extension .exe), you should think twice before opening it. Viruses and other malware are frequently sent in e-mail attachments that seem perfectly harmless. If you have a good anti-virus program, set it to scan all incoming messages for potential threats.