In This Chapter
Touring the Windows Live Mail window
Configuring your e-mail account
Receiving, reading, and replying to mail
Composing and sending a new message
Sending and receiving e-mail attachments
Blocking that dastardly spam
Using the Contacts list
E-mail rules the Internet roost. Sure, the Web gets a lot of attention, but which single service provided by the Internet would cause the most chaos if it were interrupted? That's right — the lowly Internet e-mail message that invites you to lunch or informs you of a new baby (or brings you junk advertising that promises to refinance your home at 2%). Without e-mail, most of today's business world would be left stricken — and you wouldn't get those blonde jokes in your inbox every morning. The mind reels — the soul cries out for more Diet Coke at the very thought.
Because of the mind-boggling importance of e-mail, Microsoft put a lot of work into designing a truly first-class e-mail application for Windows 7. And it's free! You don't get some of the truly powerful features of Outlook 2010, but as an e-mail application, Windows Live Mail can stand proudly on its own. You can download Windows Live Mail as part of the free Windows Live package at
In this chapter, I describe how you can keep track of your e-mail messages, your contacts, and your identities in Windows Live Mail. You discover how to ward off junk mail messages and how to attach Aunt Gertrude's Big Bang Brownie recipe ...