How to Set Up a Hotmail E-mail Account


1. What is Hotmail?

Hotmail is a web-based e-mail service powered by that you use to send and receive e-mail.

2. Creating a Hotmail User Account

A.  Go to, click on the " Sign up" button.

B.  The next page allows you to select the type of service you want. Click on "Get it FREE" under MSN Hotmail.

C.  A registration page will appear.  Fill in all the information. This will require you to enter a user name and password. This needs to be something that you can remember because you will have to sign in every time you want to use this e-mail account.  But, do not use your personal name, address, or anything that might identify you personally.  Click the "I Agree" or "OK" button after completion of this.

D.   A "Registration Is Complete" box will appear. Click "Continue".

E.   The next page will be Free newsletters that you may receive in your e-mail account. You can click on which ones you would like to receive.  Good advice is not to click on any of them, because this will save you from receiving junk mail in your account.  At the bottom of the page click continue.  Next page will also have some choices you can pick.  Click continue at the bottom of the page.  This should take you to your e-mail account homepage.

3.  Sending a Message Using Hotmail

A.   When you are in your e-mail account select the Mail tab.  Click the drop down arrow on the  "New" button, scroll down to "Mail message" and click it.

B.   In the "To" text box type the e-mail address of the person you want to send e-mail.

C.   In the "Subject" box type the subject of your e-mail message.

D.   In the message body box (the big box under the subject box), type your message.

E.   Check the spelling by clicking on the "Tools" button and scroll down to "Spell Check".

F.   You are now ready to send your e-mail.  Click the "Send" button.

4. Sending a Message with an Attachment

A.  Follow all the steps for Sending a Message Using Hotmail.

B.  Click on the "Attach" tab at the top of message screen.

C.  Scroll down to "File".

D.  Click the "Browse" button to the right of the text box.

E.  Look for the file that you want to attach and select it.

F.  Click "OK" at the top of screen after you have the correct file name in the text box.

G.  The name of the attached file should show right above the body of the message.  If not, repeat all steps.

H.  Click the "Send" button at the top of screen.

5. Receiving & Reading a Message

A.  Log in to your Hotmail account.

B.  Click on "My Messages".

C.  There will be a list of messages there.

D.  Click on the sender's name and it will open the message.

6. Viewing & Saving an Attachment File in Hotmail

A.  Click the attached file to view it.  When you click the file your virus scanning program should scan for viruses.

B.  Click the "Download" file button, then the "Open" button in the download dialog box.

C.  To save the attachment, at the download dialog box click the "Save" button.  Then you have to specify where you want to save the file.  Then click the "Close" button.

7. Replying to an e-mail message

A.  With the message still open click on the "Reply" button if you want to reply to the sender only.  If you want to reply to everyone that the sender sent it to, click the "Reply All" button.

8. Forwarding an e-mail message

A.  With the message open click the "Forward" button.  You will have to type in addresses to forward the e-mail message to, or insert them from your address book.

9. Deleting an e-mail message

A.  After reading your e-mail message you may decide you will not need it any longer.  Then click the "Delete" button.  It is important to delete old and unnecessary e-mail messages.

10. Adding a Contact to the Address Book in Hotmail

A.  From the front e-mail screen, click on the drop down arrow on the "New" tab at the top, scroll down to "Contacts" and click.

B.  At the next screen enter the information for the contact you are adding.

C.  Click the "Save" button at the top or click the "Save and add another contact" button.

D.  Repeat this process until you have all your contacts added.

11. Adding a Group to your Address Book

A.  From the front e-mail screen, click on the drop down arrow on the "New" tab at the top, scroll down to "Group" and click.

B.  Give your group a name.

C.  The screen will show your contacts in the left pane and group members in the right pane. You can add or remove members with the buttons in between the two panes.

D.  Click the "Save" button at the top and your group is created.

12. How to Log Off of Hotmail

A.  At the top of any screen there is a "Sign Out " button.  Click that button and you are logged off.



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