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No Mail icon in Control Panel

I’m trying to make a change to my mail profile and I was advised to go to Control Panel-> Mail. However, when I go to Control Panel, there is no Mail icon.

Where exactly is it located?

The exact location depends on your version of Windows and your layout settings of Control Panel. As an alternative, you could also use the Search feature in Control Panel or the Windows Start Menu to quickly locate and open it.

Mail applet in Control Panel
Mail applet in Control Panel

Control Panel – Classic Layout

If your Control Panel is in the classic layout, you should see the Mail applet directly in the list of icons.

For a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, the icon would be listed in the “View 32-bit Control Panel Items” section.

Control Panel – Category Layout

If your Control Panel is in category view you can find the Mail applet in;

  • Windows XP: User Accounts
  • Windows Vista: User Accounts
  • Windows Vista 64-bit: Additional Options-> View 32-bit Control Panel Items
  • Windows 7: User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Windows 8: User Accounts and Family Safety

Search – Control Panel

In Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Vista (32-bit only), there is also a quick way of finding it by typing “mail” in the search box in the right top corner of Control Panel.

Search – Start Menu

In Windows 8, you can also find the Mail applet via the Search feature in the Start Screen.

Open the Start Screen and type “mail” (that’s right, just start typing, there is no need to first open a search box). The “Mail” applet will show in the Settings category. Don’t select the “Mail” search result from the Apps category as this will open the Windows Mail app.

To directly search in the Settings category, you can use the keyboard shortcut Win+W.

Note 1: For Windows Vista and previous, if you have Outlook pinned to the top of your Start Menu there is also a much shorter way to reach it;
Start-> right click on the Outlook icon-> Properties

Note 2: For instructions about managing your accounts and recreating your mail profile via the Mail applet see; Adding/Recreating a Mail Profile

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