How to Set Up an MSN Email Address

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How to Set Up an MSN Email Address
You can access your new MSN e-mail address in minutes. (e-mail button image by Richard Kane from

MSN boasts its free e-mail service, Hotmail, as the "efficient way to do e-mail." Indeed, MSN offers several perks such as advanced security protection, e-mail accessibility with your cell phone and one-stop inboxing, or the ability to bring all your e-mail addresses together. Once you complete the process of setting up an account with MSN, you'll be able to use your new Hotmail e-mail address.

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  1. 1

    Open up your Internet browser to the MSN "Create your e-mail address" page.

  2. 2

    Select the country or region of the world you live in.

  3. 3

    Choose the name you would like to appear before the "" part of the address. Besides letter and numbers, you can also use hyphens, periods and underscores to personalise your e-mail address. Press "Check Availability" when you have typed in your desired name to make sure it is not already claimed.

  4. 4

    Create a password for your account; your password must have six or more characters. You'll be prompted to type in your desired password twice. To protect yourself from identity theft and fraud, you should create a strong password for your e-mail account.

  5. 5

    Select a security question from the pull-down menu and provide the answer to the question. In case you forget your password, you'll be able to retrieve that information upon giving the correct answer. Or, provide another e-mail address that you use; MSN will send your forgotten password to that e-mail address.

  6. 6

    Provide your personal information such as your name, birth date, gender, state, zip code and the time zone you live in.

  7. 7

    Enter the characters you see on your screen for verification purposes.

  8. 8

    Read through Microsoft's service agreement and online privacy statement and click "Accept" when you are done.

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    Navigate to the "Sign In" page for Hotmail. Type your user name ( and password in the appropriate spaces; click "Sign In." Now you are ready to use your MSN e-mail address.

Tips and warnings

  • Write down your new account information such as your user name, password, security question and answer; this will prevent future hassles in case you forget your password.

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