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How to set default account in Mail Metro App?

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    How to set default account in Mail Metro App?


    I'm new to windows 8.1 and currently setting up my new Surface Pro 3. I'm trying to use metro apps as much as possible on this machine (I got a Windows 7 laptop for other desktop apps).

    As for Mail metro app, is it possible to set a default account to load when opening the application? Currently, I have a Live account as the default and a Gmail account. The Live account is only for Microsoft stuffs (store, support, etc) and the Gmail for everything else personal. I will be adding more for work and other stuffs.

    When I open Mail, it shows the Live account, which doesn't get updated daily. All I want is to load the Gmail by default. Is this possible?

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    I don't think it can be changed. I did a little searching and in the Microsoft Community found this:
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    Answer Geethu B replied on February 26, 2014



    In reply to nincris's post on February 25, 2014



    Hi,


    By design the default account which shows up when we open the mail app will be the live account.


    Hope this information helps. If you need any further assistance or information on this issue, reply back to this post. I will be glad to help you.


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      You may need to install another Email client and set that as default with your default @gmail account. You'll still be able to use mail app but the default client would be a back ground process(ie; when you're answering stuff)
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    Mine sorts alphabetically by account name - i just checked this. Go to settings from the charms bar, then accounts, then select the account you want to be displayed first - your Gmail and rename the account name to be first alphabetically. You should see it jump to the top of the accounts list.
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    Renaming the accounts does not work for me. If it is as you say it should already be sorted with their default names, Gmail and Live. Can you post screenshots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seven21 View Post
    Renaming the accounts does not work for me. If it is as you say it should already be sorted with their default names, Gmail and Live. Can you post screenshots?
    That is peculiar... I've looked into it further.

    On my SP2, renaming the accounts shifts them into alphabetical order. But I noticed that my Outlook account is not presented, just my other accounts, which are easily sorted alphabetically.

    So, I checked on my laptop and saw that my Outlook account (that I don't actually use for anything except signing into my computer) is listed first as default no matter what I rename it to. I was able to remove it from this list of accounts by changing the Default Program for mail to Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 instead of the Mail app.

    1. Close the Mail App.
    2. Go to Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Default Programs\Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
    3. Select Set this program as default - OK.
    4. Reopen the Mail App and you should only see your other accounts which can be renamed so that they are sorted alphabetically.


    editing ^ sorry I think that doesn't work actually.

    Have you tried un-selecting content to sync for the Outlook account? I unchecked Email from content to sync, and then restarted the app and the Outlook account was not presented at all.
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    Unchecking the Email from content to sync of the Live account seems to work. Now I only have the Gmail and live tile notification still works. I will try to add other accounts and see how the Mail manages the default account when opening the app. If it's impossible to manage multiple accounts, I will only use the Gmail account and find other application for my other accounts.

    Thank you.
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