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Free email with Windows Live Mail

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Video: Free email with Windows Live Mail

When you set up your Windows Live profile and sign in for the first time, you have access to your free e-mail account. Great for receiving and sending e-mail messages. You can use Calendars as we saw in the previous lesson. That kind of thing. But with Windows Live Essentials, you get some added functionality as well. So here, in Internet Explorer, it really doesn't matter what's on your screen. If you have got the Windows Live toolbar active, you'll notice a tab to preview your mail and when you click this link you're getting a preview of your Inbox and it looks like I've got a single message in here. It came two hours ago.

Free email with Windows Live Mail

When you set up your Windows Live profile and sign in for the first time, you have access to your free e-mail account. Great for receiving and sending e-mail messages. You can use Calendars as we saw in the previous lesson. That kind of thing. But with Windows Live Essentials, you get some added functionality as well. So here, in Internet Explorer, it really doesn't matter what's on your screen. If you have got the Windows Live toolbar active, you'll notice a tab to preview your mail and when you click this link you're getting a preview of your Inbox and it looks like I've got a single message in here. It came two hours ago.

You may see more in your own. You can go directly to a link that allows you to create and send a message or you can go to your Inbox and when you choose go to your Inbox, you are actually going to see your Inbox in Internet Explorer 8. All of this is happening online. Now there's some added functionality by going down to the Windows orb, clicking All Programs, choosing Windows Live and selecting Windows Live Mail from here. When you select this you may be asked to set up an e-mail account but basically what you're going to see in the screen is a navigation pane down the left-hand side, where you can go to look at unread e-mail, unread from your contacts, you can link into your contacts directly from here.

Notice the links down below as well. You have got your calendar and contacts down here, RSS feeds and newsgroups that you may have subscribed to, and over here in the top right-hand corner you'll see the Sign In button. So here you can sign into Windows Live directly and when you do that, you'll be using the same contact list as your Windows Live website. You will be able to see when senders are online in Messenger and you will be able to synchronize with your Windows Live Calendar that's on the Web, so your calendar here in Windows Live Essentials will be synced up.

So let's go ahead and do that. If you've already created your profile, you will be able to click the dropdown arrow and select your e-mail address. You will need to type in your password and if you want to remember your password, in other words, you don't have to type in every time on this computer, you can click this checkbox before you click the Sign In button. So this actually sign you into Windows Live Mail and this creates a different view. First of all on the left-hand side in the navigation pane you'll see your profile and your user name.

Up here at the top Windows Live Mail needs to download the folders before you can read the messages in this accounts, so if you've got anything in your Windows Live Account, click the Download button and then just wait a minute and you'll see what happens here. Now I am accessing from Windows Live Essential Windows Live Mail, my messages that I saw online by logging in from a website. So, here it is. There's my one message, there's a preview on the right-hand side, so I can view it. You'll notice over here on the left now, I have got my Inbox here. I have got access to it.

When I start creating messages before I send them, they will be drafts. I can look at items I've sent, junk e-mail, deleted items, just like any full-fledged e-mail application. Now across the top I have got on the toolbar, the New button for creating a new e-mail message. If you click the dropdown, you can do photo e-mails, create new events in your calendar, news messages, create a new contact, a new folder if you want to keep your e-mail messages separated and organized. You have got the Reply button.

These are all buttons you're used to seeing if you use any other e-mail application now. So, with Windows Live Mail you get some additional functionality you don't get with just using your Windows Live Account and accessing your free mail account through that. So, I really like this feature. Let's create a brand new message. We will click the New button. You can see we get a separate window. It's really like we have got a full-fledged e-mail application. I have got all kinds of options for changing my stationary, the look and feel of the text with fonts and font sizes and attributes here as well.

I can get quite fancy with bulleted and formatted lists. I have got indenting for paragraphs, a spell checker built in, a button for adding photos. Let's try creating a message here. I am going to send one to myself at another account and I will put in the subject, Live Mail, and I am going to choose the Stationary. Choose More Stationary. How about Color Stripe? Click OK and you can see that puts that down the left-hand side.

This is a test of Windows Live Mail and all I have to do now to send it off is click the Send button that appears inside this Window and off it goes. Now you will notice sometimes this will happen. Please enter the characters you see or hear and it's to help prevent automated programs from sending spam out. So, you have got the little speaker icon. You can refresh this if you're having difficulty reading the characters that appear here. If you prefer to hear them, click the speaker.

However you get those characters, you'll need to duplicate them down here in the Characters field. So I am going to type them in, the way I see them. Don't worry about case. I'm going to click OK. That just allows you to send off the message and Windows Live Mail knows it's not an automated message or spam. So, now if I go over to my Sent items, I should be able to see the message I sent. There it is and this person at lynda.com should be receiving your mail message and they will see it just like they would if it came from Outlook or some other e-mail application.

If you want to add in additional account, you can click Add e-mail account. So you can add another e-mail address. So you would have your e-mail address, your password and the display name. This way you can have multiple accounts and access them all from the same location right here in Windows Live Mail. So, I don't at this time but you could create a new one if you wanted to, such as a Hotmail account and use it from here. I am going to click Cancel and confirm by clicking Yes. When you are done you just simply go up to the top right-hand corner and close it up and you can see we are back to Internet Explorer 8 and I am synced up with my Windows Live account here, the mail feature that's online under Windows Live.

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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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