Two Windows 8 Glitches that You Can Rectify

Windows 8 is path-breaking for many reasons. First, of course, there is the innovative Metro tiles user interface that enables users to pin all their essential apps to the main homescreen. The best part about Windows 8 though is that the entire operation is about as smooth an experience as one can ever get from any device. However, Windows 8 is still not perfect. Two examples of the same are explained below.


POP3 Support Missing

Windows 8’s amazing Mail app is spot on with the way it implements support for emails. However, support for POP email is absent natively. Microsoft probably opines that users are better off using IMAP as it is more sync-friendly, which means a better integration with the cloud enabled Windows 8 operating system. However, this can prove quite the spoiler for people who are less technically inclined.


As a Windows 8 user, there are two things you can do. Firstly, you can download and use Thunderbird, which is Mozilla’s free email client, in the desktop mode. The second option, although more feature-rich, needs some working around.

Although it does not support POP email, Windows 8’s Mail app does support other popular web-based email clients like and Gmail. So you can create a new account with anyone of those two services before linking the same with your POP email account. Elaborate guides for the procedure are provided by both Gmail and on their respective websites.

Having done that, add the webmail account you’ve chosen to the Mail app of Windows 8. This will ensure that all your POP email reaches the inbox of Windows 8’s Mail app through this proxy setup. However, there is still a catch. Windows 8’s Mail app does not permit you to use a POP3 email ID. Instead, you will have to use the email ID of the webmail service provider you’ve chosen.

Bringing Back the Warning/Confirmation Tab

Windows 8 is a lot less intrusive than Windows 7. Nothing exemplifies this fact better than the manner in which the former does not interfere when you are about to send a file/folder to the ‘Recycle Bin’. So when you delete something, it is sent directly to the bin without requiring any confirmations from your side. This new feature is also one of those few instances where you are able to perform an operation on Windows 8 using fewer clicks when compared to performing the same on Windows 7/Vista.


Having said that, many still prefer the older confirmation box that helped them from mistakenly deleting important files. To activate this feature, right click on the ‘Recycle Bin’ icon and choose ‘Properties’. Now tick the box next to the ‘Display delete confirmation dialog box’ option. Just follow these instructions to the reverse in case you want it disabled again.

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