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How Do I Set IMAP Folders in Windows Live® Mail 2011

February 22, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to rename the folders in Windows Live® Mail 2011 and make them suitable with the IMAP

If you are using a mail client, you have to set the communication protocol. There are typically two options; choose the classic POP3 and SMTP protocols or set a newer IMAP. The IMAP form of communication is more complex and lets you organize your emails from more computers and mail clients, and the changes are made on the server. You only have to correctly set the names of the folders in the mail client so that the application knows the exact location of your messages. From the instructions below you can learn how to rename the folders in Windows Live® Mail 2011 and make them suitable with the server’s requirements.

Setting IMAP folders in Windows Live® Mail 2011:

  1. Launch the Windows Live® Mail 2011 application (to install this application, follow the instructions in the article that focus on using Windows Live® Mail 2011).
  2. Right click on your mail account in the left folder’s pane and select the “Properties” option, or switch to the “Accounts” tab and click on the “Properties” option.
  3. Switch to the “IMAP” tab.
  4. In the “Special Folders” section you can see a folders’ path and its name. Write a name for each folder in the box.
    E.g. if a folder for your deleted emails on the server is named “Trash” you have to write “Trash” in the “Deleted items path”.
  5. Save and close the dialog box by clicking on the “OK” button.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To set the displayed folders in the left “folder” pane of the application go to the “Accounts” tab, click on the “IMAP folders” icon, select the folder you want to display and click on the “Show” button.

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