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Outlook access from Windows 8 desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Outlook access from Windows 8 desktop


    Just installed Windows 8 (upgrade from Windows 7) on my 3 year old PC - all seems OK.
    I have been using Microsoft Office Outlook for many years and also Gmail for family purposes. I prefer not to change over to Hotmail, or Windows Live and I cannot seem to find a way to access Outlook and Gmail from the Metro tiles. However if I return to my Windows 7 desktop I have no problem, but that doesn't help me to get used to Win 8 OS and move on - any simple suggestions?
    Thanks in anticipation OzOldguy.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello OzOldguy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could "Pin to Start" Outlook to have a tile for it on the Start screen.

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi Shawn,
    Very quick response, and many thanks for your advice - an Outlook tile now adorns my Win 8 desktop and opens up my inbox - great work! You have solved that problem for me.

    However, no luck with Gmail - on searching I get 'no apps match your search" and all I can find are other Google programs - through which I can navigate, but I was hoping to get direct to my inbox or at least to the login page. Is this possible?

    Also to get to this forum I have to search IE and navigate to this page each time - I seem not to be able to minimise the window for later use - do you know of a tutorial which may help me to understand the process of minimising or returning to a window?
    Kind regards, OzOldguy.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    If you like, you could add your Google account to Outlook to access your gmail there as well.

    You could also "Pin to Start" the Google website to have one on the Start screen that opens directly to the online Google gmail inbox.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/10195-internet-explorer-10-pin-unpin-sites-start-windows-8-a.html


    If this is in IE10 Metro, then you could use switcher to go back and forth to it and say the desktop.

    Switcher - Open in Windows 8
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Thanks very much for your help to solve this problem for me.
    I'm now a happy chappie, Cheers, OzOldguy.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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