Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again you could be simply sitting at home, staring at the little internet connection icon in your taskbar, as it once again has a big red X plastered over it, letting you know that your internet connection is down, once again. Situations like these, where we have very little to no internet connection are many times unavoidable in our daily lives; forcing us to be creative with our computer usage in order to stay productive even when our number one tool, the internet, is unavailable. This means doing things like downloading e-mails to our computer prior to boarding our flight; enabling us to go over, and prepare replies to, the many messages essential to closing that next big deal, before landing at our destination.
Downloading e-mail messages to your computer is simple when using a full featured e-mail client like Microsoft Outlook with an e-mail account on your paid for personal or business e-mail address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org;) just hit “Send/Receive” and all your e-mail is saved and ready to review at a moment’s notice. However, if you use Live.com for much of your e-mail activity, downloading and saving these e-mails from Microsoft’s premiere e-mail service can be surprisingly difficult without the help of additional programs not included with your standard Live.com e-mail box. Luckily, one such program is available free of charge by none other than Microsoft itself: Windows Live Mail.
So how do we use this program to save our Live.com e-mails? Simple, follow these steps:
Saving Live.com e-mails to your computer via Microsoft Live Mail
One of the best, and possibly simplest, methods of saving your e-mails from Live.com to your computer is by using Windows Live Mail. Essentially an updated version of Outlook Express without the Outlook Express name, Windows Live Mail allows you to send and receive e-mails from your Live.com address, straight from your computer, without having to log in with a web browser (such as Internet Explorer) to check your e-mail. This allows you to have a copy of your Live.com e-mails downloaded to your computer, and into Windows Live Mail, for easy browsing even when not connected to the internet. Setup is very simple as, just as the name implies, Windows Live Mail is tightly integrated with much Microsoft’s Live.com web applications.
To get started with Windows Live Mail, follow steps 1-8 that you can find here, and then perform the following:
Step 1. Once the restart is complete, find and click on the Windows Live Mail icon in Start > All Programs menu to start the Windows live Mail application.
Step 2. Upon opening, Windows Live Mail will display the Add your email accounts wizard. Where prompted, input your Live.com e-mail address, your password, and the name associated with this account. Review the information for any errors, then click the Next button.
Step 3. After a few moments, Windows Live Mail will automatically setup and sync with your Live.com e-mail account, downloading your e-mails from Live.com, to your Windows Live Mail inbox.
You will now be able to send, receive, and store e-mails from your Live.com e-mail account within Windows Live Mail, just as you would via any of your other e-mail account in an e-mail client such as Outlook or Thunderbird. You will also now be able to browse through downloaded e-mails and save replies to be sent in your drafts folder in Windows Live Mail when there is no internet connection available.
In addition, if you wish to backup and save selected e-mails to your computer in your My Documents folder or somewhere similar, you can do that too by simply selecting the e-mail(s) you wish to save in your Windows Live Mail folder display, then dragging and dropping them to your My Documents folder.
Alternatively you could also save your selected e-mail(s) via the Windows Live Mail main menu. Windows Live Mail will only allow you to save a single e-mail at a time via the main menu, however, saving your messages in this way will allow you to save your e-mail in a variety of file types not available when using the drag and drop method.
To save your e-mail(s) via the Windows Live Mail main menu, follow these steps:
Step 1. Select the e-mail to be saved in your Windows Live Mail folder display pane.
Step 2. Click the main menu icon in the upper left hand corner right next to the Home tab.
Step 3. Select Save >Save As File.
Step 4. The Save Message As dialog box will appear. Navigate to your My Documents or any other folder you wish to save your e-mail in, under File Name:, enter the name you wish to give your saved e-mail, then select the type of file you wish to save it as (text, HTML, or EML format) under Save as type and click the Save button.
Tip: If you wish to save an e-mail with its attachments and original formatting in a single file, you will want to save it as a .EML file.
And there you have it: a simple, effective way to save your Windows Live e-mails to your computer for offline browsing, backup, transfer, etc. utilizing Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail.
~ J. Conboy