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Add More Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Consolidate Your Email Accounts to One Application

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Open the Accounts dialog box in Live Mail.

Most users who use Windows Live Mail most likely went through the account setup process when they launched Windows live Mail for the first time, but what if you wanted to include additional email accounts and didn't know how?

In this guide I will show you how to include additional email accounts to Windows Live Mail so that you can access all of your emails in one place.

Note: Windows Live Mail is a component of Microsoft's Windows Live applications that can be obtained for free from Microsoft and complement Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Application Limitations

As with most applications there are some limitations to the types of servers and email providers that are supported.

Windows Live Mail currently supports most webmail providers including Hotmail, Windows Live, Gmail and Yahoo. If you are using another email provider and you are not sure what information you need to enter, shoot me an email and I will try to help you the best I can.

How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

In the following steps I will show you how to add email accounts to Windows Live Mail. You will notice during this process that you can also add Newsgroup accounts and Contact directory accounts.

1. Open the Accounts Window

Click the blue Windows Live Mail button located on the top-left corner of the application window.

When the menu appears click Options and then Email accounts...

2. Add an Email Account

When the Accounts dialog box appears, click the Add… button to select the type of account you wish to add to Windows Live Mail.

3. Select Account Type

You will have three account types that can be added to Windows Live Mail;

  • Email Account - The option to select if you are looking to add an email account per these instructions.
  • Newsgroup Account - If you subscribe to a newsgroup you can use Windows Live Mail as a Newsgroup reader keep up with the group you subscribe to.
  • Contacts Directory Account - If you use Gmail or another service to keep track of your contacts and would like to be able to access those contacts while writing emails in Windows Live Mail, make sure to select this option.

For this guide we will focus on the Email Account, select it and click Next to proceed.

4. Add Your Email Address

On this screen you will be able to enter your email account credentials along with the option to set your Display name.

Make sure to check Remember this password if the computer is not shared. If you have multiple users on the same account you can uncheck this option or create multiple Windows user accounts and not have to worry about your privacy.

If you have more than one account and would like to make the account you are adding the default account, check the Make this my default email account checkbox.

Manual Server Settings

Note: If you are using an email provider that is not automatically configured with Windows Live Mail or if you host your own email server you may need to manually configure the email server settings.

To do this, check Manually configure server settings and click Next. Add the pertinent information needed to connect to the email server. Once you enter those settings, Windows Live should be able to fetch the emails without a problem.

Once you have added the account and saved the settings you will be able to access all of your email accounts in one place. You will notice that Windows Live Mail will have a section for each email account added. Enjoy the comfort of reading all of your emails in one place.

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