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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
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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