Setting Up Your E-mail in Windows Mail 6.0 for Windows Vista

This tutorial shows you how to set up Windows Mail to work with your e-mail account. This tutorial focuses on setting up Windows Mail 6.0, but these settings are similar in other versions of Windows Mail.

E-mail Account Setup Guide

1. In Windows Mail, go to the Tools menu and click on Accounts….

Tools menu


2. Click on the Add button in the upper right.



3. In the Select Account Type window, double-click on E-mail Account.

E-mail Account


4. In the Your Name window, type in the name you want your recipients to see when they receive your e-mails, then click on Next.



5. In the Internet E-mail Address window, type in your e-mail address, then click on Next.

E-mail Address


6. In the Set up e-mail servers window, enter the e-mail server information as shown below, replacing “user1234” with your username.

Set up E-mail Servers


7. In the Internet Mail Logon window, enter your Internet ID and password for your e-mail account (you don’t need to enter the password, but if you do, you will automatically log on to the e-mail server everytime you open Windows Mail as long as the check is in the box next to Remember Password).

Internet Mail Logon


8. You should see the following screen; check the Do not download my e-mail and folders at this time box, then click Finish.

click Finish


9. You should now end up at the Internet Accounts screen; double-click on your e-mail account.

Internet Accounts


10. At the top of the Properties window that appears, click on the Advanced tab and verify your settings are the same as in the image below.

Advanced Tab


11. Now click on the IMAP tab and, in the Root folder path: blank, enter mail/. Also uncheck the box for Check for new messages in all folders.



12. Click Ok to save all of these settings, then Close to exit the Internet Accounts window. Windows Mail will now ask you if you would like to retrieve your mail.

Windows Mail


13. Congratulations, you have successfully set up Windows Mail to handle your e-mail!


Configuring Delete and Trash Settings

1. Go to the Tools menu and click on Options….

Tools menu


2. Click on the Advanced tab at the top, then click on the Maintenance button.

Maintenance button


3. Check the top two checkboxes for Empty messages from the ‘Deleted Items’ folder on exit and Purge deleted messages when leaving IMAP folders. Click on Close when you are done.

Deleted Items

4. Windows Mail will now delete your unwanted mail automatically when you exit the program.