Windows Phone Tip – How to Configure counters for Email Folders

I don’t know about you but one of the most useful features on Windows Phone, for me, is tiles. Tiles are very powerful and I’m constantly surprised how I miss some of these features when I need to use another device.

I have a bunch of Email accounts as you may have, that range from work email, personal email, spam box etc. With Windows Phone 8.1 you now can create different folders to group some of your tiles. One of the first groups I created was Email and place all of my accounts in it. And it looks like this using the medium size Tile:

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The cool thing about this tile is that its not static. It shows you the number of new Emails by Account. And when I expend it, it looks like this:

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Sorry for the edits, but I’m trying not to convert all of my email to “spam boxes” Smile

You will notice that as I expand my Email folder, I see different counters. Now… the not so obvious fantastic feature here is that some of these Tiles are not Email accounts but specific Folders on any given Email account. What this means is that I can create a bunch of email rules to separate my Emails by whatever rule I wish, and then I can Pin a specific folder to my  Home Screen, and from there either put it in a folder with other tiles or just leave it there at the Home Screen if that is what I want.

So, how do you do this? Very simply Open one of your email accounts and press the “…”  option on the bottom of the screen:

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Then select the option to see folders:

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And finally Show all Folders:

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Doing this will show you all folders you have configured on your Email box. Now all you need to do is Tap & Hold the folder you want to monitor individually, and do a pin to start

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And that’s it. You can now keep the Tile on your Home Screen, move it to a folder, resize the Tile, and enjoy Smile

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Hope this Tip is as useful to you as for me.

Feedback is welcome.

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