How to Remove a Hotmail Email Address

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How to Remove a Hotmail Email Address
Close your Hotmail account in a few steps. (e-mail image by Hao Wang from

A popular free e-mail service offered by Microsoft is Hotmail. Setting up a Hotmail account is simple; so is closing one. If your account has been hacked or your e-mail box is inundated with spam, closing the account is an easy remedy. Before closing your e-mail address, alert friends, family members and associates of your plans. You may want to forward them a replacement e-mail address, if you have one, to stay connected.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer

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  1. 1

    Go to the MSN home page. Click on the tab in the upper left corner labelled "Hotmail."

  2. 2

    Log into your account by typing in your username, password and hitting the "Enter" key.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Help" key located at the upper right of the page. It will appear as a blue question mark.

  4. 4

    Select "Table of Contents" from the sidebar on the left.

  5. 5

    Click on "Setup a Windows Live Hotmail Account."

  6. 6

    Scroll down to "Close Your Account." It will be located at the bottom of the list.

  7. 7

    Click on the link that says "Close Account."

Tips and warnings

  • Your Hotmail account will automatically expire if you do not check your e-mail within 270 days of signing up. It will also expire if there is no activity on the account for the first 10 days of activation.

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