Sent Items folder for multiple accounts in Windows Mail

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by markf65, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Okay, here it goes. I first started using Windows Mail when I bought
    new computer with Windows Vista back in January '09. I have four emai
    accounts which I transferred over from an Outlook Express backup that
    did before getting rid of my old computer. Windows Mail automaticall
    set up a set of folders (Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items
    Drafts and Junk E-mail) for each account, each with a different colo
    scheme, similar to Windows Live Mail. My hard drive crashed in June an
    I'm just now setting things up again with the new hard drive installed
    I tried restoring my email accounts from a backup I had but now Window
    Mail won't automatically create folders for each account. Instead, I ha
    to set up separate Inbox folders with message rules (thanks to th
    forums here on how to do so) for each account. However, all the account
    are still sharing the Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, Drafts and Jun
    E-mail folders. Is there a way to set up a set of these folders for eac
    account using message rules? And also, why did Windows Mail do tha
    automatically for me the first time using it - could it be that th
    information came from an Outlook Express backup originally

    Any help would be muchly appreciated. :
    markf65, Aug 12, 2009
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  2. Are those mail accounts all POP3 type?
    You must be mistaken about your original setup because WM doesn't
    have the capability to set up a separate sets of standard folders for
    each POP mail account, especially so with a different color scheme
    for each. AFAIK, only Windows Live Mail does that. However, you can
    create all the custom folders you want in WM, and use message rules
    to divert incoming mail to them.
    Gary VanderMolen, Aug 12, 2009
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  3. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Thanks for the quick response Gary. I appreciate it.

    The original setup was definitely Windows Mail. I only started looking
    into Windows Live Mail once I got my computer back last week and had
    trouble getting it to work that way again. I got my old email in there
    from a backup of WM, along with their separate folders, but I couldn't
    get any new incoming mail to work the way it had before. It's kept me up
    at night for several nights already. Also, I don't think you can back up

    I know I can create many custom folders in WM but what about rules for
    sorting between each account's Delete, Outbox, Drafts and Junk E-mail
    folders? I don't see rules for those types of functions.
    markf65, Aug 12, 2009
  4. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Ooops, sorry I forgot to quote that last reply.

    And yes, they're all POP3 type accounts.
    markf65, Aug 12, 2009
  5. ...Windows Mail automatically
    Windows Mail simply does not have the functionality/UI you've described.
    You must have been using Windows Live Mail or some other Mail Client, Mark.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 13, 2009
  6. Gary VanderMolen, Aug 13, 2009
  7. markf65

    VistaRookie Guest

    VistaRookie, Aug 13, 2009
  8. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Thanks PA Bear, but I know for sure it was Windows Mail. I transferre
    my old mail and accounts from Outlook Express using XP over to Window
    Mail using Vista and that's how it set itself up. I never even looke
    into WLM until last week when I was loading up the new hard drive

    I also just checked the backup of my email accounts prior to my har
    drive's crash and the email properties list the "Type of file" a
    Windows Mail E-Mail Message and "Opens with" as Windows Mail. Anyway
    I'll probably just download and use WLM from now on

    Thanks again for the reply

    markf65, Aug 13, 2009
  9. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Thanks again Gary. I even just checked the backup of my email accounts
    prior to my hard drive's crash and the email properties list the "Type
    of file" as Windows Mail E-Mail Message and "Opens with" as Windows
    Mail. Maybe it had something to do with the original info coming from
    Outlook Express in XP, who knows.

    I tried message rules for Sent Items folders but they don't stick for
    some reason, so I'll just download and use WLM from now on. Now that I
    know I can back that up with a third party utility I'll feel more
    confident in case of another hard drive failure, so thanks for
    recommending it.

    markf65, Aug 13, 2009
  10. markf65

    markf65 Guest

    Thanks for the reply VistaRookie, but no, I didn't purchase or download
    that program. All I did was import my email accounts over from my
    Outlook Express backup and Windows Mail did all the rest on its own. I
    was surprised at how easy it was, and that's why I'm baffled now at how
    it's not supposed to work that way in the first place.
    markf65, Aug 13, 2009
  11. The file extension ("type of file") doesn't say much of anything
    about the origin of that file. Both WM and WLM use the .eml
    file extension, so whichever email program you happen to have
    currently associated with the .eml extension will be identified as
    the owner of that file type.

    Going with Windows Live Mail is a wise choice because it gives
    you the multiple folders you want; and going forward, it will be
    the only free email client supported by Microsoft.
    Gary VanderMolen, Aug 13, 2009
  12. How did you migrate the OE data to Windows Mail? Following the faulty
    instructions here maybe? =>

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 13, 2009
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