Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated November 1, 2021)
If you have used the Mail app in Windows 10, you know this email client is very minimalistic. It consists of three main areas referred to as panes: The left column is the Folder Pane, the middle column is the Inbox Pane, and the Reading Pane in the right column. The Mail app does offer an option not often found in many email clients—personalization. While it might have a minimalist workspace, the personalization option of the Mail app is a simple way to modify the interface of the app to suit your personal preferences.
To get started personalizing the Mail app follow these quick steps:
The Mail app has four areas which can be personalized in step 3: Colors, Mode, Folders and Messaging Spacing, and Background. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Mail app showing the Personalization options
Mail provides, by default, ten colors you can choose from to personalize the app. You can also select the "Use My Windows Accent Color" option. This results in the Mail app using whatever color you have selected as your Windows color (covered under another tip).
Mail offers three mode options that alter the overall appearance of the app. No matter which option you choose, the Reading Pane will always use a white background and dark text.
The Folders and Messaging Spacing section provides three options: Spacious, Medium, and Compact. These options determine the amount of spacing between items in the Folder and Inbox panes.
Mail, by default, has an image as the background of the app. This is a characteristic not normally found in email clients. When you are personalizing Mail the background section offers a few options to help customize the look and feel of the app.
Once you have the Mail app personalized the way you want it, you will discover that this minimalist app offers a pleasant user experience. You may also find that it becomes your default email app.
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