- 09-25-2012, 02:10 PM #1
Please tell me I'm able to name the EMAIL TILE in WP8 when using the smallest square tile available?????
I have 6 Email Accounts.....if I'm not able to add the name of the account to the tile when using the smallest tile (like we are able to do it today with the regular size tile) than this will be a big problem for users like me and will defeat the purpose of having smaller tiles....
PLease tell me this is not the case and this will be a big NONO and stupid decision on MS part.....
- 09-25-2012, 02:26 PM #2
Can you even fit enough text on the smaller tile? I kind of doubt it.
You could probably do a combined view on some of the email accounts to keep the number down. I honestly don't have a solution for you, but I don't think it is a stupid decision on the part of Microsoft if it doesn't have it. The small tiles are meant to show a very very small amount of information.
- 09-25-2012, 02:58 PM #4
SO that defeits the purpose....
I have 2 business exchange accounts (completely different businesses), a 3rd business acct using Outlook.com (live) and 3 personal accounts....I dont want to group all of this into ONE Inbox.....I want separate tiles for each email, like I do now with my 900.
I thought I was going to be able to use the smaller Tiles to be able to fit more in my screen, but if I'm not able to identify each tile how in the world am I going to know which account is which without actually clicking on it?? This is stupid in my opinion....
- 09-25-2012, 03:32 PM #5
You know what a tile is that is big enough the have text in it, a medium or large tile. You want them to fix tiny text in a tiny box. The tiles are likely too small to have any text in there. Maybe you could just remember the order you put them. I would bet you would get it within a day or two.
Again, this isn't Microsoft being stupid. This is just their approach not working for your use case. How many people have 6 email accounts? That may work for you, but maybe we should call you stupid for having 6 accounts (I am not calling you stupid, just trying to compare). For your case, it isn't ideal that they don't have text. In my case, I think it would be silly to have text in the small box. They made a design decision that I think makes sense, but it clearly doesn't work for everyone. Hopefully there is some solution out there for you.
- 09-26-2012, 12:36 AM #9
Dont get me wrong...I'm completely sold on WP8....just wished MS gave us a little more room to customize Tiles whatever way we want it.....
09-26-2012, 04:12 PM #12
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If you absolutely need to have all six as separate live tiles, it seems as though you'll just have to find a way to organize. Maybe one medium business tile, two small business tiles directly below it, and to the right you have a medium personal tile, and two small ones below that. Left is business, right is personal. Maybe leave a blank space in between. Lower left beneath the business side is account y, the one on the right is account z, the big one is important account x. I dunno.
[ .Business. ][ .Personal. ]
[ ] ...... [ ] [ ] .............. [ ]
You could also create a personal app for yourself that could link to specific inboxes, and then create whatever little graphic or color you want for the tile. Not sure if that's possible, but that gave me an idea for a small little app project I should look into :)
- 09-26-2012, 04:32 PM #13
It might not be as big as a deal as you think it is. Muscle memory will take over very fast and you'll just know what icon to reach for.
Example. I personally hate multiple home screens so on either an iPhone or Android I put all my icons in the folders so everything exists on one page. It doesn't take long but eventually I just know which one to reach for. Probably not ideal with having 6, but I dunno....
09-26-2012, 07:26 PM #14
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How can this idea be classifed as being stupid when they give u the option to keep it the same way it was in WP7 ( actually the medium size is a bit bigger).
They gave user some options, and not all the options meets the requirements of all users. They could have left the tile size the same and your needs would have been met, but for some users who are not power users would complain about how come the mail tile is too big...I only need a small icon
03-05-2013, 07:16 PM #15
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I actually agree with crg28. I have four email accounts currently. 1 work, 1 business related, 1 outlook.com and 1 gmail. I have merged my two personal email address and that's fine. But I definitely do not want to merge my work and business accounts.
Has anyone come across a better solution? I've tried searching the app store for custom tiles, but no dice.
07-30-2013, 05:31 PM #16
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07-30-2013, 07:14 PM #17
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so far i have set up my live email, my gmail and my pop work account---the live tile is obviously special looking, but luckily it made the envelope on the small tile look different between the other too, i have a 4th account i have yet to set up---i wonder if that envelope will look different too? probably not. but who knows, ill give it a try in a moment.
07-31-2013, 04:31 AM #19
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Yes, the 4th tile will look different, as I have 4 accounts setup. But I completely agree with crg28 that this is inconvenient.
I'm currently working for an organization that does not believe in Mail for Exchange, so I dont have my office email on the phone. if I did it would be a bit of a bother hunting around the email tiles.
07-31-2013, 06:14 AM #20
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Just to highlight the reasonable use of many accounts; It is not hard to build up a few. I have 5: Work, union, home, ISP and public (forums & junk magnet). Very easily done. Add in my work team email address and that makes 6 very easily. This will not be an unusual setup.
- 07-31-2013, 07:49 AM #21
A possible work around?
Set up "Kids Corner" and just put your EMail tiles there. They won't take up any room on your start screen and, if that's all that's in Kids Corner then you can make the tiles any size you want.