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8. Email > 8.5. Getting Email to Play Nicely with Windows

Getting Email to Play Nicely with Windows

Email and Windows XP don’t always play well together. For example, XP often insists on needlessly launching Windows Messenger whenever you open Outlook. The following hints are designed to stop this incessant quarreling and keep you emailing smoothly.

Killing the “Unread Messages” Notice

Your Windows welcome screen tells you the number of unread messages you have in your email box, with one teeny-weeny caveat: It’s usually wrong (Figure 8-16). No one, including Microsoft, seems to know why this happens. But there’s no reason you need to keep seeing this useless information.

The number of messages announced by your welcome screen can be waaaay off.
Figure 8-16. The number of messages announced by your welcome screen can be waaaay off.

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