Let’s be honest, the first thing you’re going to do when you get your new Surface is set up your email accounts. Am I right?
I hope you are wise enough to do the other 5 things we recommend on your new device but no one lives without email any more, so that’s likely a priority for you.
If you’re new to Windows 10, the new Email App may look a little foreign to you. And if you’re coming from Windows 8.1, you are probably disappointed because the built-in Email App isn’t quite as nice as it used to be and it’s a lot different.
In this post, I intend to help you set it up and get you off and running using your email on Windows 10 built-in Email App.
- Fire up the Mail App (you can find it under the Start Menu)
- Notice that the Microsoft account you logged in with, auto-set up an Outlook account for you.
- Chose +Add account
- Select which account you’d like to configure – in my case I’ll be doing Google.
- Enter your email address and password.
- You will be asked permission to access certain things on your Surface, click OK.
That’s it! Your email account is set up. You can add any other accounts you have in the same way.
Note: Windows 10 Mail App will allow you to add POP accounts, something Windows 8 version didn’t do. But, if you have work email (or a nonstandard email account), you may need to put in the settings manually because the Email App is not likely to detect them.
The list of accounts will appear in the left side bar. You can choose whichever you want to read.
Notice that the Mail App sets these up under a generic name, like Gmail Account, Yahoo Account, Outlook, etc., which is not very helpful if you have a lot of accounts. For example’ I have 3 Google accounts so I needed a way to see which one is what at a glance. Hence, the next set of steps.
To change the account names to more intuitive ones that make sense to you, do the following:
- Click on Accounts in the top left bar.
- A list of accounts will appear on the right side of the screen
- Select the account you want to change
- Give it a new Account name and click OK.
So, now you know how to set up the Email App on your Surface with all the various email accounts you have and you can even change how the Account name appears on the left side bar. In my next post, I will cover additional settings and signatures.