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How do I sort my contacts in Outlook Express?

Q: I’m using Outlook Express in Windows XP. How can I list my contacts in alphabetical order? A: The once-popular Outlook Express e-mail program enjoyed a good ten-year run, from Windows 3 to Windows XP. Microsoft’s Windows Vista finally killed it, unfortunately, substituting Windows Mail, which died a short two years later. Outlook Express lovers […]

Where’s the “request read receipt” feature in Windows Live Mail?

Q: Windows XP’s Outlook Express had a Request Read Receipt feature that let me know when the recipient read my e-mail. That feature seems to be missing from Windows Live Mail. Where did it go? A: That feature, called “Request a read receipt for all sent messages,” lives on in Windows Live Mail. But finding […]

Seeing Bcc recipients on e-mails you’ve sent

When you’ve added a group of people to your email’s Bcc line, how can you remember all the recipients? Here’s how…

Trying to e-mail a photo brings up the wrong e-mail program

Q: I want to e-mail a photo in Windows XP. When I right-click the photo, choose Send To, and choose Mail Recipient, Outlook appears instead of Outlook Express. How can I make Outlook Express appear, instead, so I can mail my photo? A: Both Outlook Express and its pricier cousin, Microsoft Outlook, can send e-mail. […]

The missing Contacts list in Outlook Express

Q: The Contacts area is missing from Outlook Express. The Contacts list is so helpful when composing my emails;  I just click the address in the Contacts folder, and it appears in the e-mail’s “To” line. Help! A: Many Windows programs let you customize their layout, showing only the portions you find useful and hiding […]