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Opening Outlook.com mail from the Windows 8 desktop

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    Opening Outlook.com mail from the Windows 8 desktop


    I rarely use my name@outlook.com email account for email, but once in a while I need to as Microsoft sends and email there.

    I can get to it no problem via a web browser, going to hotmail.com or outlook.com

    Other than a shortcut, is there no way to open email from Windows 8 desktop, like is done for Calendar and Contacts? When I click on the Mail icon, the most obvious icon of choice, all it does is prompt me for other email accounts. It wont take me to my inbox.

    Not a big deal, and I get the email forwarded, but just curious.
    Last edited by Mediaman09; 07 Feb 2015 at 14:05.

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    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    You can add the outlook account to your mail app (which is not on the desktop). I don't know if you've set up any account previously or not, but here is how you set it up: Setting up email - Windows tutorial
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    What I've done for some is to go to the Outlook.com Web page for E-Mail then click and drag the small icon at the left end of the Address onto the Desktop, much the same as dragging it to the Favorites Toolbar if it is showing.
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    United Kingdom
    Posts : 40
    Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit


    As DustSailor said. Use the default mail app in windows. Then simply set it up using the outlook account
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I personally don't care for the built-in mail app so I installed Windows Live Mail and use that instead.

    You could install any number of mail clients. Thunderbird is another possibility.
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    Using the default mail app for Windows is precisely what I am trying to do.

    But, I am in a Microsoft madness circle. When I go to Accounts, it already displays the outlook address ( ie its already added) And if I try go add other email account, and explicitly add that outlook address, it of course tells I cant as its already in use, which it indeed is, And I cannot delete my main account, as then i will never ever be able to log in to my machine ever again.

    When I try to launch Mail, ,as per my original post, all it does it ask me to add other accounts. It does not launch an email app.
    Is there some hidden top secret invisible icon on that page that I am supposed to know about?I've been using Outlook 2010 for email, so I will just stick with that.

    Thanks to all for trying.
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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Hey mate,

    You might try 1. troubleshooting the app and 2. troubleshooting your account within the app.

    See: Troubleshoot problems with an app - Windows Help to troubleshoot apps, Troubleshooting the Modern Mail App on Windows 8 - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki to troubleshoot the modern mail app, and problems with windows 8 mail app - Microsoft Community to see solutions another had with the mail app, and possibly Mail app for Windows - Windows Help to go through and ensure it is set up correctly
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    Some of those links actually look familiar, I guess I was down this road before.

    If I go to Mail, where I only see the add more accounts screen, I tried to add the outlolok account form there, but it said it was already added/..same issue as before...so as a test I added one of my gmail accounts, and lo and behold I now see the native Mail email app.

    But now I cannot see where to remove the gmail account i just added, or for that matter add another. There is nothing obvious under Mail or Account.s this is typically Microsoft. You need to google or join a forum or read a dozen page tutorial, just to have half a chance at figuring anything out.
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    Southern California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mediaman09 View Post
    Some of those links actually look familiar, I guess I was down this road before.

    If I go to Mail, where I only see the add more accounts screen, I tried to add the outlolok account form there, but it said it was already added/..same issue as before...so as a test I added one of my gmail accounts, and lo and behold I now see the native Mail email app.

    But now I cannot see where to remove the gmail account i just added, or for that matter add another. There is nothing obvious under Mail or Account.s this is typically Microsoft. You need to google or join a forum or read a dozen page tutorial, just to have half a chance at figuring anything out.
    You can use the tutorial I posted earlier on how to do it, you just click 'remove an account' on the left side menu: Remove an account - Windows Help - But I wonder if you'll just be in the same situation as before. It is hard for me to help without being there in person, so I apologize that it isn't a simple solution
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    Ya, I tried to remove the account using those intructions, but no joy ... it says "Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings." ... I get nothing when I do that in Mail.

    And I cannot find any other way to get to Mail Settings. Like a click or a right click or a menu item. or a different swipe, or gesture or a smack at the front of the screen, or a whack at the back of the screen.
    (What were they smoking when they developed this o/s? Would it really have been so hard to add a menu?).

    Control Panel has a Mall icon but that's for different settings.
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