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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 16: Using Windows Mail, Calendars, and Contacts
Getting to Know Windows Mail
To start Windows Mail, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows
Mail. As Figure 16-1 shows, Windows Mail has an interface similar to earlier ver-
sions of Outlook Express. From the deceptively similar interface, you might think
Windows Mail is essentially Outlook Express with a face-lift. The truth is, however,
that Windows Mail is dramatically different from Outlook Express.
While Outlook Express stores all email messages in a database, Windows Mail stores
email messages as separate Email Message (.eml) files. The .eml file format is a raw
email message file format that includes the routing information for the message. This
is the same email message file format used by email servers, such as Exchange Server
2007. Storing your email in individual message files should provide improved stabil-
ity and help to resolve those problems of corruption and lost email we experienced
occasionally with Outlook Express.
If you browse your personal folders, you’ll find the folders Windows Mail uses under
AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders. The available folders are:
Inbox
Stores individual .eml files for email you’ve received from other people
Outbox
Stores individual .eml files for email you are sending while it is waiting to be
delivered
Sent Items
Stores individual .eml files for email you’ve sent to other people
Figure 16-1. Creating and managing your email
Using Windows Mail
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Deleted Items
Stores your deleted email messages as individual .eml files until you empty the
Deleted Items folder
Drafts
Stores individual .eml files for messages you’ve drafted but have not sent
Junk E-mail
Stores junk email you’ve received as individual .eml files
AppData and all the folders and files it contains are stored on your
computer as hidden folders and files. See the “File Attributes” section
of Chapter 11 for details on displaying hidden files.
Within these folders, you’ll find a Winmail.fol file. This file tracks the folder location
and the email items within the folder. Windows Mail uses this file to help manage
your email. Because of how .fol and .eml files work, at a very basic level Windows
Mail is really just an organizer and viewer for your email. Whether you are working
with the Search Results window or the individual Windows Mail folder, you can:
Open an email by double-clicking it.
Forward an email to someone else by right-clicking it and selecting Forward.
Reply to an email by right-clicking it and selecting Reply or Reply All as
appropriate.
Not only is this a new and exciting way to work with your email, but it’s also a great
timesaver.
In the left pane of Windows Mail, you’ll find the same folder structure, starting with
a Local Folders node that includes subnodes for Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted
Items, Drafts, and Junk E-mail. In Windows Mail, you can search your email by
selecting the starting folder and typing your search text into the Search box pro-
vided. If you select the Local Folders node, you can search all of the email folders at
once.
Even more exciting is that you can search your email and read email returned in
search results without ever having to open Windows Mail. You can do so by follow-
ing these steps:
1. Click Start and then click Search.
2. In the Search Results window, select Email as the Show Only option.
3. In the Search box, type the text you want to search for within your email. In the
search results, you’ll see a list of emails that match your search text by the
sender’s email address and message subject.
4. When you click an email that you want to view, you’ll see the complete text of
the email in the Preview Pane.

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