Windows 8 Mail

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Follow the instructions below to set up the Windows 8 “Mail” program to send and receive email for a mailbox that you’ve created.

1. Start Mail

Start the Windows 8 Mail program by clicking the “Mail” tile on the Start screen:

Windows 8 Mail tile

2. Choose the “Settings” charm

View the charms by pressing Windows key + C or moving the mouse to the top-right corner of the screen, then click Settings:

Windows 8 charms bar Settings

3. Click “Add an account”

If you are running Windows 8.1 and the “Settings” panel appears, click Accounts.

When the “Accounts” panel appears, click Add an account:

Windows 8 Add an Account link

4. Add an “Other Account”

When the “Add an account” panel appears, click Other Account:

Windows 8 Mail Other Account link

5. Enter your email address and password

If you are first asked “What kind of account is this”, choose IMAP and click Connect.

Enter your full email address and password:

Windows 8 first Add Account screen

Then click Connect.

5. Enter additional mail settings

A new screen will ask for additional details.

Everything should already be correctly filled in except the “Username”, “Incoming (IMAP) email server” and “Outgoing (SMTP) email server”. For these, type:

Username:your email address
Incoming (IMAP) email
Outgoing (SMTP) email

The screen should look like this:

Windows 8 second Add Account screen

Then click Connect again.

You’re finished!

Mail should successfully connect to your mailbox.

Note that Windows 8 Mail only supports the IMAP protocol, not POP.