10 Windows 8 tips, tricks and hacks

1/31/13 7:42 AM

10 Windows 8 tips, tricks and hacks
Take control of Windows 8 on the Desktop, the lock screen and more.
Preston Gralla

January 31, 2013 (Computerworld) Whether you've installed Windows 8 yourself or bought a new PC with it, you're now faced with an unfamiliar operating system that at first glance seems more difficult to customize than earlier versions of Windows. What to do -- give up and simply use it as it came out of the box? Certainly not. There are plenty of ways to tweak, hack and make Windows 8 do things you wouldn't think were possible. In this article you'll see how to cobble together your own quick-and-dirty Start menu as well as customize the hidden Power User menu. I'll show you how to Editor's Note use so-called "God Mode," hack the lock screen and Start screen, master Always check with your IT department before File Explorer and much more. So fire up Windows 8 and get ready to hear it cry "Uncle."
changing system settings or otherwise tweaking a company-owned machine.

Need help getting up to speed with Windows 8? See our Windows 8 cheat sheet, which shows you how to get around (including with keyboard shortcuts) and offers three quick tips for getting started with Windows 8. 1. Put "God Mode" in easy reach You wouldn't know it by looking at the Desktop or Start screen, but Windows 8 practically bristles with settings you can customize. The problem is that they're scattered throughout Windows 8, and it can be time-consuming to track them down individually. However, there is one way to find them all in one place: You can use what some people call "God Mode." While the term "God Mode" has a powerful ring to it, the truth is it's not a separate mode that you put Windows into. It's really a hidden folder that gives you fast access to many settings spread out across Windows 8. It's easy to put that folder right on the Desktop. First, make sure that you can view hidden files in File Explorer, the system navigation app that in earlier versions of Windows was called Windows Explorer. Run File Explorer, click the View tab, and check the boxes next to "Hidden items" and "File name extensions" in the Ribbon at the top. Then right-click the Desktop and select New --> Folder. That creates a folder on the Desktop named "New folder." Rename the folder: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} The folder icon changes, and it has the name GodMode.
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You won't get the full traditional Windows Start menu with Search button. it's that long string of letters and numbers inside the curly brackets. you can build your own quick-and-dirty one in no time. recently run apps. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM (Note that the "GodMode" text isn't what turns the folder into a special folder. in other cases you'll need to fill in dialog boxes. showing how many settings there are in it." They're organized by category. your network and so on. "God Mode" offers a plethora of settings and actions.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 2 of 18 . and it still points to the same folder and everything works the same. 2. from "Change Automatic Maintenance settings" to "View update history.) Double-click the icon. Each category displays a number next to it. Instead you get a menu that lets you browse http://www. instead. the Control Panel. Put a quick-and-dirty Start menu on the taskbar Particularly high on the list of things that annoy people about Windows 8 is the omission of the Desktop's Start menu. In some cases you'll follow a wizard. Expand or shrink each category by clicking the small triangle next to it.10 Windows 8 tips.but it didn't quite succeed. tools and tweaks. The GodMode folder on the Desktop. To start any action or tweak. Click to view larger image. and you'll launch a folder filled with dozens of actions. double-click it in the list. If don't want to use third-party software to get a Start menu. and in yet other cases you'll be sent to the Control Panel or another Windows location to do the work. You can use any text you want before the period just ahead of the opening bracket.computerworld. Microsoft did its best to stomp it to death -. In the Windows 8 cheat sheet I showed you how to use free or paid add-on programs to get the Start button and menu back.

Click to view larger image. By the way.computerworld. navigate to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu where username is your account name. you may have noticed that when you right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars.10 Windows 8 tips. right-click the taskbar and select Toolbars. click it to launch it. For any item with a subfolder beneath it (such as Homegroup and Network). Click its double arrow to display a variety of folders (such as Programs and Computer) that you can browse through until you see the item you want. Links: Displays your Internet Explorer favorites on the Taskbar. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM through applications and launch them. Desktop: Displays a list of every icon on your Desktop. That will place a Start Menu toolbar on the far right of the taskbar. After you enter one. Click it to display an onscreen keyboard. Touch Keyboard: Displays a keyboard icon on the Taskbar. as outlined in the tip above. and click the Select Folder button. then deselect the Start Menu listing. Here are your choices and what each does: Address: Adds a box on the Taskbar into which you type URLs. Now right-click the Desktop's taskbar and select Toolbars --> New Toolbar. To make the Start Menu toolbar go away. Here's your quick-and-dirty Start menu. press Enter and you'll head to the site in Internet Explorer. Move your cursor to the arrow to see all of the subfolders beneath it. First make sure that you can view hidden files in File Explorer. such as Homegroup. It even displays some items that aren't visible on the Desktop. http://www. there are other pre-built toolbars you can put on the taskbar. you'll see an arrow next to it.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 3 of 18 . From the screen that appears.

click "Programs and Features" and you get sent to a Control Panel applet that lets you uninstall Desktop programs. Disk Management. Group1 contains the Desktop. the Device Manager and plenty of other useful power tools. The Mobility Center sends you to an applet that lets you do things such as change your display brightness. you'll first have to make sure that you can view hidden files in File Explorer. Right-click in the lower-left corner of the Desktop (or press the Windows key + X) and up pops a text-based menu that gives you access to 16 tools. System and Windows Mobility Center. And in case you didn't realize that the Control Panel still existed. and Group3 contains two for the Command Prompt (one of which is an Admin command prompt). Most choices are self-explanatory.10 Windows 8 tips. File Explorer. including a Run box. 3.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 4 of 18 . To do it. Search and Task Manager. Group2 and Group3. Look back at the Power User menu. Run. presentation settings and so on. right-click the taskbar and choose Toolbars. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX where username is your account name. Then go to Windows 8's new Power User menu. but it also provided a very useful new tool: the Power User menu. Notice that there are three groups separated by two faint lines? They correspond to the folders in the WinX folder. as outlined previously. then uncheck the toolbar. You'll see three folders there: Group1. Group2 contains the Control Panel. Power Options.computerworld. Device Manager. screen orientation. such as programs you run frequently or even individual files. Each has shortcuts to the apps that appear on the Power Menu. Use and hack the Power User menu Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away. Another nice thing about the Power User menu: It's hackable. look at Windows updates you've installed and turn certain Windows features on or off. but not all. there's a link to that as well. Event Viewer. a command prompt. Programs and Features. an administrative command prompt. Computer Management. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM To turn off any toolbar. For example. In Windows 8 it took away the Start menu. You can delete items you don't want to appear there and add items you do want to appear there. The app in Group1 (Desktop) is at the http://www.

Click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Settings pane. Calendar and Weather apps. Customize the lock screen When you boot up your PC or wake it from sleep. open the folder into which you want to place it. Group2 and Group3. only the shortcut goes away. To edit the Power User menu. After you've finished deleting shortcuts and adding new ones. 4.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 5 of 18 . just make changes to the contents of the folders Group1. click the Browse button and browse through your pictures." You'll see your lock screen image at the top of the screen. The place to go to do it is the Lock screen settings screen. (When you delete a shortcut. Click to view larger image.computerworld. choose "Lock screen.10 Windows 8 tips. Under Personalize. the screen displays the time and date as well as notifications and status updates from certain apps -. press the Windows key + C to display the Charms bar. Delete a shortcut as you would any other These shortcuts show up as menu items on the Power User menu. it heads right to Windows 8's lock screen. then there's a line. Click one to make it the new lock screen image. By default. Just wake up your Windows 8 device and the info is there. sign out of Windows and then sign back in. Your new Power User menu will be waiting for you on your return. the file it points to isn't deleted. waiting for you on the lock screen. select New --> Shortcut.email. then there are the apps in Group2. Mail. To get there. Delete a shortcut and it vanishes from the menu.) To add a shortcut. right-click on an empty spot. and follow the wizard that appears. shortcut: Select it and press your Delete key. http://www. Along with a large image. It provides a quick rundown on things you might be interested in seeing without having to sign into Windows 8. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM bottom. then there's a line. the lock screen shows notifications from the Messaging. social networks. or you'd like to change the image. and then select the Settings icon. Just beneath the image are other images you can use. calendar and more. The "PC settings" screen appears. and then there are the apps in Group3. add a shortcut and it appears on the menu. To find other images you can use for the lock screen. But maybe you'd like to see Twitter updates or info from another app. Select the one you want to use and click the "Choose picture" button to make it your new lock screen image. You can easily customize all that.

click it and then click "Don't show quick status here. Note that when you click a plus sign. with no change. little more baffling: "Choose an app to display detailed status. Over to the right of them are several plus signs. http://www. Click a plus sign and you'll see a list of apps that can display notifications and updates. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Here's command central for changing your lock screen settings. Here you'll find icons for the apps that automatically display notifications and updates on your lock screen. nothing new happens -.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 6 of 18 . Pick one and it will display alerts and other information on the lock screen.the app still displays notifications." Underneath that section is one that's a Click a plus sign and choose an app to display alerts and notifications on the lock screen. Just below the image on the Lock screen settings screen is the "Lock screen apps" section. you'll see both the apps that are already displaying notifications and alerts on your lock screen as well as those that aren't currently doing so. starting with the image. If you choose one that already displays its notifications on the Start screen. To stop an app from displaying notifications.computerworld. Click to view larger image.10 Windows 8 tips." The app in this section displays more information on the lock screen than other apps.

and only one at a time. From then on. click the icon and select "Don't show detailed status on the lock screen. when you're on the Start screen. http://www. Launching the Registry Editor. Caution: Keep in mind before trying this that you can do damage to your system if you use the Registry incorrectly. Here's the Lock screen showing detailed information from the Calendar app. that app will show its detailed status. (See our story "The tweaker's guide to the Windows Registry" for more information about Registry editing. To do it. you're going to have to get down and dirty by editing the Registry. Lock the lock screen image If you share a Windows 8 PC with others and don't want them messing with the lock screen image. so if you don't feel comfortable with Registry editing.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 7 of 18 . and the icon changes to a plus sign. A security window appears asking if you want to allow the Registry Editor to make changes to your PC.computerworld.) For those who do feel comfortable. If you want neither app to show detailed status." Neither app shows detailed information. stop right now. click the plus sign and select either app. click the icon that's there and select the other icon. And be very sure to read the instructions for backing up the Registry before you attempt any Registry edits whatsoever. then click the regedit. click Apps on the right-hand side of the screen. type regedit. you can lock it so that it can't be changed. To change from one to the other. 5.10 Windows 8 tips. though. and the Registry Editor launches. Click Yes.exe icon that appears on the left side of the screen. If you want to reinstate detailed weather or calendar information. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Only the Calendar app and the Weather app can show this kind of detailed information.

Right-click it. 6. and.10 Windows 8 tips." You have to rename it. However. and rename it Personalization. right-click the Personalization key and select New --> DWORD (32-bit) Value. select Rename. Kill the lock screen altogether Not a fan of the lock screen? There are plenty of people who don't find it useful and would prefer to bypass it so they can just sign into Windows and get straight to work. Click to view larger image. That creates a new key. follow the instructions in "Lock the lock screen image" above to launch the Registry Editor. Rename the DWORD value NoChangingLockScreen.computerworld. if you're comfortable using the Registry Editor. You won't find a setting to do it. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ See if there's a key called Personalization there. follow the instructions in the next paragraph. Now exit the Registry Editor. Setting the NoChangingLockScreen DWORD value to 1 prevents the lock screen image from being changed. you'll have to create it. If the key doesn't exist. Instead. use the Registry Editor to change the value of NoChangingLockScreen from 1 to 0. if you haven't already done so. create a new DWORD value under it called NoChangingLockScreen. so keep in mind it could be dangerous to use it. click Edit --> New --> Key. Instead.consider it locked. Double click-it and change its value from 0 to 1. All the caveats about using the Registry Editor outlined in the previous tip apply here. To do that. you'll have to use the Registry Editor. The lock screen background shouldn't be changeable -. If the key already exists.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 8 of 18 . then log back in. don't create another one. To do so. but it will have a name like "New Key #1. to create a Registry key called Personalization in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\ http://www. If you want to allow the background to be changed in the future. Now that the Personalization key is there. Log out of Windows or restart it.

You'll find ways to turn them on and off on the far left-hand side of the Ribbon. Bend File Explorer to your will Windows 8's File Explorer file manager is different from the old Windows Explorer in more than just name. you won't see the lock screen. notably by the addition of a Ribbon interface that puts many tasks.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 9 of 18 . Now exit the Registry Editor. Click the View tab to find them. press Ctrl-F1 or click the downward-facing arrow on the upper right of its screen. The Ribbon displays. http://www. select options from the menu that appears when you click the arrow next to the pane's icon. press Ctrl-F1 again or click the upward-facing arrow. Following are my favorite ways to get more out of it.10 Windows 8 tips. and the downward-facing arrow turns into an upward-facing arrow. The first basic choice is whether to use the Navigation pane. Turn panes on and off File Explorer has several useful panes you can turn on and off. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Create a new DWORD value under the Personalization key by right-clicking it and selecting New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename the DWORD value NoScreenLock. and if there are options. Click its icon on the View tab and uncheck "Navigation pane" to turn it off. It's gotten a complete makeover. features and views in easy reach. or check it to turn it on. The new setting should take effect immediately. But first you need to make sure that File Explorer displays the Ribbon. That's the pane on the left-hand side of File Explorer. and it's what you use to navigate through your hard disk. There are also several other options available. Instead. To turn it on.computerworld. 7. you'll go straight to the Windows sign-in screen. The next time you reboot or wake your PC. Double click-it and change its value from 0 to 1. because it might not be turned on. Downloads and Recent Places. To turn it back off. such as whether to show favorite folders such as Desktop. Just click the pane you want turned on.

as long as you have an app that runs or reads the file. you'll see details about the file. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM The Navigation pane on the left helps you get around your hard drive. and check the box next to "File name extensions" to display those. and so hides many system files and folders.) Either pane lives all the way over on the right-hand side of File Explorer.computerworld. If you select the Preview pane and then click a file. when it was created.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 10 of 18 The Details pane shows detailed file information and a small . Click to view larger image. its file name and more depending on the file type. as well as file name extensions. (You can't use both at once. or neither. But if you want to tweak how Windows 8 works. On the View tab. http://www. such as its size. for pictures it displays the dimensions.) If you instead choose the Details pane. The Preview pane on the right displays a large thumbnail of a file you click. There's another choice there: whether to use the Preview pane or the Details pane. or else the actual contents of the file. (For example. check the box next to "Hidden items" to display hidden system files and folders.doc files.) Click the Preview pane or Details pane icon in the Ribbon to turn it on. you'll see a large thumbnail of the file in the pane. Office for displaying . and click it again to turn it off. Display hidden files and folders Microsoft assumes that most people thumbnail. It's easy to display it.10 Windows 8 tips. (For example. don't want to see the plumbing of Windows. you'll need to see that plumbing.

when you open a folder.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 11 of 18 .10 Windows 8 tips. File Explorer shows three columns of information about each file in the folder: date modified. Add columns By default. Just go to the View tab's "Current view" group and click the down arrow next to "Add columns" to add them. type and size. Here's what you see when you choose extra large icons (left) or small icons (right). But you can add columns that show other information. then click "Hide selected items" near the right edge of the Ribbon's View tab. Then.computerworld. you won't be able to see those items. http://www. Want to hide more files and folders? Simply select them. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Hide files and folders To hide those files and folders again. when the "Hidden items" checkbox is unchecked. you can change the size of the icons that represent files and folders. such as the date it was created. You'll find these options just to the right of the icons for turning panes on and off. tags and more. simply uncheck the "Hidden items" checkbox again. Change icon sizes While you're on the View tab. its author.

but all of your Desktop apps don't necessarily appear there. and you can now mass-delete the 26 files. group them and make them all fit on a single screen.computerworld. The obvious way to do it would be to tediously hand-select 26 of them one by one and then delete them. 8. including how you sort them. You've inverted the selection. Use (and tweak) the All Apps screen One of the most disconcerting things about Windows 8's dual interface is that it's difficult to see in one place all the apps you can run -.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 12 of 18 . "Invert selection. The "Select all" option selects all files in a folder. Once you've selected them. Select the four that you don't want to delete. you get several options to change how those columns display. Here's where "Invert selection" comes to your rescue. Near the "Add columns" choice. Let's say that you've hand-selected certain files in a folder by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking them. and "Select none" deselects them.delete them or copy them or move them somewhere else." Now all the files that you selected are no longer selected. you can perform a task on them all -.both Windows 8 Store apps and Desktop applications.10 Windows 8 tips. and the other 26 are selected. Now imagine that you've got 30 files in a folder. there is a group of commands called Select. The third option." is confusingly named but surprisingly useful. and then click "Invert selection. You can find the Windows 8 Store apps on the Start screen. Use the invert selection feature On the far-right side of the Home tab. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM These are your options for adding columns of information about each file in File Explorer. for example. you can't http://www. Click to view larger image. and you want to delete 26 of them. And because there's no longer a Start button on the Desktop.

the Desktop apps. shows you all the apps on your system. That displays the All Apps screen. Any subfolder in those folders shows up as a group -. Here's what you need to know.Windows Accessories.on the All Apps screen.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 13 of 18 . The first folder has all the apps that all users of the system will see. The Desktop apps on the right-hand side are organized into groups -.computerworld. The Windows 8 All Apps screen. either. Click to view larger image. If you've installed software.such as Windows Accessories -. To change the organization of Desktop groups and apps on the All Apps screen. as the name implies. However. That opens the App bar across the bottom of the screen. And all the shortcuts in those folders show up as apps inside the groups on this screen -. on the Start screen either right-click an empty space or press the Windows key + Z. those apps might be in their own groups as well.for example.10 Windows 8 tips. Click any to run it. Windows Ease of Access. To get there. there's a way to see all of them in one place: Go to the All Apps screen. and so on. There's only one thing you can do on the bar: click the "All apps" button at the right. and to the right. you only need to change the folder and shortcut structure http://www. On the left you'll find all the Windows 8 Store apps. But you can rearrange the apps in these groups if you like. The organization of the Desktop apps on the All Apps screen mimics the structure of two hidden Windows folders: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs where username is your Windows 8 account name. Windows System. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM find all of your Desktop apps there. while the second has those that show up for an individual user. which. Calculator and Character Map.

The Applications folder includes both Windows 8 apps and Desktop apps. Click to view larger image. Double-click it to see a list of all your applications. the folder will be called Applications. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM in those two folders. First.10 Windows 8 tips. Delete any folders and shortcuts that you don't want to appear.) 9. http://www. rename it: Applications. It's simple to put it there. Build an Applications folder for quick program launching from the Start screen or Desktop There's an even quicker way to access all your apps. and add any folders that you want to show up as groups on the All Apps screen. whether you're on the Desktop or the Start screen: Create an Applications folder to house them all. Navigate to the Desktop and create a new folder. After you create it. add shortcuts to any apps you want to show up as part of those groups. make sure you can view hidden files in File Explorer. The changes will be reflected on the All Apps screen.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 14 of 18 . traditional Desktop applications and many system apps such as Control Panel. To find out how. First. double-click it. Then go into those folders.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1} On the Desktop and in File Explorer. There's still one problem. though.computerworld. including Windows 8 Store apps. Right-click it on the Desktop or in File Explorer and select "Pin to Start. see "Customize the Start screen" in the Windows 8 cheat sheet. To run an app." It's now pinned to the Start screen. That's all it takes. though: The folder doesn't show up on the Start screen. In those folders. as outlined earlier in the story. though it might not be immediately visible there. (Note: You can also rearrange and regroup the apps on your Start screen. run File Explorer.

" 3. select Upgrade to Outlook. scroll all the way over to the right. select File --> Info --> Account settings --> Account setting and click the E-mail tab. there's a workaround that solves the problem.com and log in.computerworld. check with your email provider. Fool the Mail app into using POP mail The Windows 8 Mail app has a surprising shortcoming -. and then tell Windows 8 Mail to get mail from that account. Instead.com account. for instance. If you're using Outlook 2010.com.com automatically. If you don't have an Outlook. for instance. keep reading for how to do it. rules and so on will be brought over. You can tell either a Gmail or an Outlook.com account to get POP3-based mail from a POP3 account. The service was formerly called both Hotmail and Windows Live Mail at various times in its history. port number and so on. http://www.com to get POP3 mail Got an Outlook. If you're willing to route your mail through Outlook. and you'll find the necessary information. From the screen that appears." Here's where you enter the information you normally need to access your POP account. If you like. Click it.com: 1. you'll also have to consider whether your POP email account might contain sensitive correspondence that you don't wish to share with an additional cloud-based service. and it'll be there." 2. sign up.10 Windows 8 tips. you can move it to a more prominent location on the Start screen by dragging it to the left.com and accounts that use IMAP. and those accounts have been converted to Outlook.com and follow the instructions. Double-click the account. If you don't have it. Under "Managing your account. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM To find it. and then select "More mail settings. Click the Settings icon in the upper-right of the screen. Windows 8 Mail works with Web-based mail accounts such as Gmail and Outlook. click "Advanced options.com account? You might have one without knowing it. just log into your Hotmail or Windows Live Mail account. Your messages.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 15 of 18 . However.it won't work with email accounts that use the POP3 mail protocol. So if you've got an old Hotmail account. click Options.) Configure Outlook." click "Your email accounts" and then select "Add a send-andreceive account. just go to Hotmail. Once you're logged into Outlook. You can also check whatever mail client you normally use for the information. including the server address.com or Gmail. 10. you'll be redirected to Outlook. (Skip to Gmail instructions. and the folder opens with all your apps. Of course. If for some reason your account hasn't been upgraded.

You can also check whatever mail client you normally use for the information. On the next screen. Make your choice and select Next.com Inbox.com (see below). 6. On the next screen. Click to view larger image. You'll be sent to a page on Outlook. Configure Gmail to get POP3 mail To configure Gmail to grab POP3 mail from an existing POP3 account: 1. 5. enter your email address. If you're planning to have Windows Mail be your only mail client for accessing your POP-based mail.computerworld. 4. A verification email will be send to your POP account. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Configuring Outlook.com to work with a POP3 account. If you don't have it.com telling you that you're set up. including the server address. make sure to leave the messages on the server. 2. Make sure to pay attention to a setting that's easy to overlook: whether or not to leave copies of your mail messages on the server. Click that link.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 16 of 18 . If you're using http://www. In Gmail. consider having the messages deleted from the server. click the gear icon on the upper-right corner of the screen and select Settings --> Accounts and Import --> Add a POP3 mail account you own. On the screen that appears. check with your mail provider. port number and so on. if you're going to have multiple devices access the mail. Click Next. you'll be asked whether you want to create a new folder for the mail or keep it in your Outlook. You're now ready to tell Windows 8 Mail to get mail from Outlook. However. 3. enter the information you normally need to access your POP account.10 Windows 8 tips.

Configuring Gmail to get POP3 mail. When you receive the verification email at your POP3 account. including Windows 8 Hacks (O'Reilly. Double-click the account. You're now ready to tell Windows 8 Mail to get mail from Gmail. 5. To get mail from Gmail. select Outlook on this screen. select File --> Info --> Account settings --> Account setting and click the E-mail tab. You'll have to enter your outgoing email settings and have Gmail send the account an email to verify that it's yours. 4. Enter your Outlook. You'll start getting POP mail via Gmail.com and the author of more than 40 books. select Google on the Add an account screen.com email address and password.com/s/article/print/9236188/10_Windows_8_tips_tricks_and_hacks?taxonomyName=Windows&taxonomyId=125 Page 17 of 18 . That's it. and you'll start getting the POP mail via Outlook. Enter your email address and password and click Connect. Configure Windows 8 Mail to get mail from Outlook. and select Settings --> Accounts --> Add an account. click the link and follow the instructions for verifying the address. Get more Windows 8 help: 6 tips to make Windows 8 less annoying Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld. click Connect.com. 2012). and you'll find the necessary information. tell Gmail that you want to send messages from the account.computerworld. for instance. http://www.com.com or Gmail Run the Windows 8 Mail app. Gmail will start retrieving your POP3 mail. click Add Account. To get mail from Outlook. tricks and hacks 1/31/13 7:42 AM Outlook 2010. press the Windows key + C to display the Charms bar.10 Windows 8 tips. After you're done. From the screen that appears. not just receive them.

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