Adding Mail Accounts to Windows 8 Mail
By on September 3rd, 2012

Windows 8 has a nice mail client built into the operating system. Setting it up to work with multiple accounts is pretty easy too. One thing you might remember is that you can use your Hotmail account as your Windows 8 security account. This is pretty nice. If you do this, then your Hotmail/Outlook.com account will already be setup automatically for you after you get Windows 8 installed. Today, I would like to show you how you can add a mail account to Windows 8. In particular, I will show you how to set up your Gmail account on Windows 8 Mail.

First, you need to find the tile on the main start screen labeled “Mail”. See the picture below.

Mail Tile

Next, you need to put your mouse in the top right corner of the screen to reveal the “Charm Bar”. On the “Charm Bar”, find the “Settings” icon.

Settings

At the top of the “Settings” window, you will see an option that says “Accounts”,pictured below. Click “Accounts”.

Accounts

Now, you’ll be given a list of account types that you can configure for Windows 8 Mail. If you look at the picture below, you will see it has the major account types like Hotmail, Gmail, Exchange, and then “Other Account”.

Account Types

For this tutorial, I am picking the “Google Connect” option, which will allow me to import my Gmail account on here. Believe it or not, it is incredibly simple to integrate this Windows 8 with Gmail. Pictured below, you can see all of the information it asks for when building an account. If you use Gmail contacts or calendars, you can include them as well.

Gmail

Once you hit “Connect”, you’re in business. Pictured below, you can see that the mail client grabbed all of my folders from my Gmail account. Notice in the bottom left corner of the picture, that I have highlighted the area that shows both accounts I have on the Windows 8 machine. All I have to do to switch between them is click the name of the account and it will show me mail from that account.

Mail Inbox

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. As you can see it is pretty easy to setup mail accounts in Windows 8. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to comment or email me and I will try to help you the best I can.

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Author: Darrin Jenkins Google Profile for Darrin Jenkins
Darrin is an IT manager for a large electrical contractor in Louisville KY. He is married and has 3 kids. He loves helping people with their technology needs. He runs a blog called Say Geek!

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