Windows 8 deep dive: Get to know the Mail and Calendar apps

By Alex Cocilova, PC World |  Windows, windows 8

In the top-right corner are three buttons that correspond to creating a new message (the plus sign), replying to or forwarding the highlighted message (the envelope with the arrow), and deleting a message (the trash can).

From the 'Create a new message' screen...

Accessing the Options bar while you're writing a new message brings up the options 'Save draft' and 'Attachments' (the latter of which allows you to add an attachment from the system), as well as editing tools for applying bold or italics, changing the font, changing the text color, selecting an emoticon, and putting things into bulleted or numbered lists.

Two icons on the top-right of the screen correspond to sending the message (the flying envelope) or canceling (the X), which gives you the option to save or delete your current draft.

Now let's give the same treatment to the Calendar app, and look through the nooks and crannies of the options.

From Calendar's main screen...

Opening the Options bar on this screen produces a few calendar-viewing options (such as day, week, or month views) as well as Today, which centers and highlights the calendar on the current day, and New. Selecting New brings up an event-creation screen. From here you can set a date, time, event length, and location, as well as which calendar should get the item. If you select 'Show more', you can set the frequency if it's a recurring event, arrange a reminder alert ahead of the event, indicate what your listed status will be during the event (such as out of the office or busy), add people to the event if you have saved contacts, and make the event private. You just add a title and description, and click Save, to finish setting up the event.

You will see color boxes with event titles and times on the days for which you have scheduled events.

Tips and tricks

For Mail...

-- Pinning a mailbox to the Start screen creates a tile that offers a direct path to that folder. If you want quick access to your marked or starred mail, navigate to that folder, right-click or swipe up from the bottom, and click Pin to Start. Name it whatever you'd like, and a tile will be created.

-- Mail's live tile displays how many new messages you have, a brief excerpt of your latest message, and the name of who sent it. When there's no new mail, the live tile won't show anything.

-- Highlighting text while composing an email message automatically opens the Options bar to the editing options.

-- When creating a new message, you can select the '+' (plus-sign) symbol next to the contacts list to launch the People app and select a contact from the list (provided that your recipient has a public email address listed).

For Calendar...


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