Send and Receive in Windows Live Mail 2009

Summary:

  • Windows Live Mail(WLM) version 2009 uses a feature called ‘Sync’ to send and receive messages for email and newsgroups and also for updating RSS Feeds
  • The Sync feature in WLM is the **replacement** for the traditional Send and/or Receive option found in prior/other email clients (e.g. Outlook 2003/2007, Windows Mail[Vista], and Outlook Express[XP])
  • A Sync can be performed via the WLM Menu, the WLM Toolbar, or using the optional keyboard function keys
  • WLM has a common Outbox for all outgoing mail and news messages
  • A Sync performs both Send and Receive(unlike prior clients that permitted a Send without a Receive)

Performing A Sync in WLM:

  Mail Mode

  • Menu(click on Tools) or the Toolbar(Sync button/icon)
    1. If the menu is not present, press Alt M
    2. If  the Sync button is not present, right click on the Toolbar/Customize to add the Sync button

Three options are available:

      • Sync (Choose an email account) – sends/receives all message for the selected email account
      • Sync All Mail Accounts(Keyboard key F5 performs the same function) – sends/receives all messages for all mail accounts and sends the contents of the Outbox
      • Sync Everything (Keyboard keys Control F5 performs the same function) –sends/receives messages for all mail, configured news accounts, and also sends the contents of the Outbox

News Mode

  • Menu(click on Tools) or the Toolbar(Sync button/icon)
    1. If the menu is not present, press Alt M
    2. If  the Sync button is not present, right click on the Toolbar/Customize to add the Sync button

Three options are available:

      • Sync Newsgroup(choose a newsgroup)
      • Sync All Newsgroups(optionally F5) – sends and receives all configured newsgroup messages
      • Sync Everything(optionally Control F5) – sends and receives all newsgroup messages, sends emails present in the Outbox,

Feeds Mode

  • Menu(click on Tools) or the Toolbar(Sync button/icon)
    1. If the menu is not present, press Alt M
    2. If  the Sync button is not present, right click on the Toolbar/Customize to add the Sync button

Two options are available:

      • Sync All Feeds(optionally F5)
      • Sync Everything(optionally Control F5) – syncs all feeds, then syncs all mail and news, and finally sends messages in the Outbox

Revisions:

April 15, 2009: Draft Version and Original Published Date

May 29, 2009: Revised to include Feeds Sync

July 17, 2009: Corrected Typos and Punctuation

Jan 29, 2012: Removed defunct tag links and update with new tags

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