How to make Windows Live Mail look and feel like Outlook Express
Posted by admin on September 15 2009 03:32:52

1. Getting back the main menu



Get it back by clicking Menus icon on the toolbar (or press Alt + M) and select Show menu bar.



2. Getting back the message view on the bottom



Click on Menus icon on the tool bar (Alt + M) and select Layout. Then select Reading pane and choose the option At the bottom of the message list.



3. Show progress bar when downloading messages



Old Send/Receive is now called Sync on the toolbar. Double click this button to show window with progress bar. This is not intuitive but definitely useful. If you single click it - then synchronize will not open a window with progress bar.

4. Show Junk e-mail in preview pane



I really cannot comprehend why Microsoft chose to hide preview pane for junk messages. They say it is safer that way. Well, guess what, spam can end up in Inbox folder so it's not really safer. You can do a workaround though.

a) Select all messages (CTRL + A) and drag them to another folder you created just for spam. Only junk folder does not display preview pane while all others do.

b) Double click first message to open it in a window. Press CTRL + D to delete if it is a junk and move on to the next message. If it is not a junk close the window and double click next message.