How Do I Change Settings In Windows Live Mail?

Considering the security risk, Email service providers keep on updating their service at their end from time to time. While this may cause certain issues sometimes at users’ end, however, these updates are performed in keeping the security of users’ information safe.

Earlier, there was a single port (port 25) used in the email programs for sending emails, however, later on, it was replaced by SSL/TLS for the encryption of users’ emails. The main objective with the inception of SSL/TLS was to keep spam in check and minimize hacking activities. Similarly, numerous enhancements have been done recently, like moving on from receiving port (previously POP) to IMAP, and then bringing the variation in IMAP ports (993, 143).

As these kinds of updates keep on occurring in all email services from time to time, it is necessary to accordingly make the changes in the settings of the email program at users’ end. If you are also looking to make changes to the current e-mail settings in your Windows Live Mail program, you can go through the information provided below.

Guide to Change Settings in Windows Live Mail

  1. In order to make changes to the SMTP settings of your Windows Live Mail program, you will first need to right-click on your account from the left-hand side.
  2. From the menu that expands on your screen, you will then need to select the Properties This will open the Properties dialog box on your screen.
  3. Once you are in the Properties dialog box of your Windows Live Mail program, you will need to go to the Advanced
  4. In the Advanced tab, you will see the options to modify ports’ value. Here, you will be able to change the SMTP and POP or IMAP ports. If you want, you can also specify the SSL settings. Generally, for the majority of updates done by the service provider, you will need to make changes in these settings only.
  5. After the Advanced tab, the second important settings where you are most likely to make changes are in the Servers tab in the same Properties dialog box.
  6. In the Servers tab, you can specify whether or not your Outgoing server needs to be authenticated before sending an email. As almost all email-service providers require it considering the fact that it’s a part of the enforced policy, make sure to select the checkbox next to My server required authentication under the Outgoing Mail Server section if it is not checked.

NOTE: If the checkbox next to My server required authentication is left unchecked, the email program may stop with an error.

  1. In the Server tab only, if you want you can also make changes to your IMAP and SMTP server addresses, and password. Moreover, as the Outgoing is known for using the same password as the incoming by default, you will only need to update your incoming password for both.

So, these are the steps that you will need to follow to change settings in your Windows Live Mail program. In case you need to make some other changes in your Windows Live Mail program, you can follow the below-mentioned steps:

To Change Windows Live Mail Folder Location

  • Open the Windows Live Mail program and press the ALT key on your keyboard to open the Menubar.
  • Next, go to Options and select Tools

NOTE: For the 2011 version, you will need to go to File > Options > Mail option.

  • Then, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Maintenance
  • Now, click on the Store Folder and press Change Then, select the folder where you wish to save your messages.
  • After that, click on the OK button to save the changes. Restart your email program and you are done.

To Change Windows Live Mail View

  • In your Windows Live Mail program, go to the View tab and select the Compact View
  • Now, to add the folder to Compact view, do the following:
    • For Compact View: click the + icon and select Add to compact view Choose the item you wish to access from the view tab and click on the OK button to save the changes,
    • For Regular View: Right-click on any of the folder or subfolder and select Add to compact view

To Change Windows Live Mail font Color

  • Go to File > Options > Mail
  • Next, open the Compose tab in the Options
  • Then, click on the Font Settings button under the Compose
  • In the Font window, you can select the desired font and font size and color using a different option.
  • Once you are done making the selections, click on the Apply and OK option to save the settings.

So, these are some of the other changes you can make to the settings of your Windows Live Mail program.

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