I have just acquired a laptop with Windows 7. Instead of Windows Mail or Outlook Express it comes with Windows Live Mail which works ok except it separates each email address into different inboxes which I find very inconvenient. Is there anyway that they can be downloaded into just one inbox for all email addresses as in Windows Mail or Outlook Express?
I've never had occasion to do this, but try the following.
Have a look in Tools>Message Rules>Mail. Check the "Where the To line contains people" box. Specify your own (alternative) email address and add a rule directing it to send this mail to the normal Inbox.
As I said, I'm operating on guesswork here, but give it a try.
I can't get message rules to work and even have problems sending mail in windows live mail, but that's a separate issue. Is it possible to download either windows mail or outlook express into Windows 7. I know I can get everything to do as I want with these programs.
No you cannot download WM or OE to use with Windows 7.
But Message Rules should easily do what you want.
Go to Tools - Message Rules - Mail and and Rules box will open.
Click on New... and New Mail Rule will open. Put a tick in the box beside "Where the To line contains people". In the next box tick "Move to the specified folder". In the lower box click on "contains people" and in the Select people box type (for example) [email protected] (one of your other email addresses). Click Add and OK. Then click on "specified" and select the folder (Inbox) you wish the mail to go to. Click OK. Finally type a name for the rule and click OK.
Thank you for such precise instructions, sea urchin; it worked a treat. One further question, is it possible do delete all the other inboxes and transfer their contents to the new folder that I have created?
I know I'm being fussy but it's my wife's laptop and she likes everything really simple so that windows live mail opens straight away displaying only folder I have just created? Basically she just wants outlook express back and I'm inclined to agree with her.