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How to Set Up a Hotmail Email Address

Updated February 21, 2017

In today's wired world, it is not uncommon to have multiple e-mail addresses. Hotmail is perhaps the most well known of the many free e-mail services available through the Internet. Setting up an account is simple and quick, and within minutes you can be writing and receiving e-mail using your new e-mail address.

Type "http://www.live.com" into the address field of your Internet browser (see "Resources").

Click "Sign Up" following the text "Don't have a Hotmail account?"

Create your e-mail address by entering the ID of your choice in the "Windows Live ID" box on the page that follows. Your e-mail address will consist of this ID plus "@hotmail.com."

Click "Check Availability" to determine whether your first choice of ID is available to be used. If the ID you entered is not available, you will be given a list of alternate choices or you can enter a new ID of your devising and click "Check Availability" again.

Create and confirm your password by typing a six character string into the "Create a password" and "Retype password" fields. Your password will be assessed for its level of security, ranging from weak to strong as you type.

Type an alternate and valid e-mail address into the "Alternate e-mail address" field. Alternatively, you can click "Or choose a security question for password reset" and follow the instructions to select this alternate means of validating your identity for your new e-mail address.

Enter your name, address, gender and birth year into the correct fields.

Enter the Captcha text (the string of distorted characters) that appears on the screen into the text box to prove that your responses have not been created by a computer.

Click "I accept." You will now be taken to the inbox of your new Hotmail account.

Tip

For a more secure password, create one that uses letters and numbers.

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About the Author

Mary Jo Megginson has been writing since 1992 in academic and professional settings. Her experience ranges from writing policy documents and text panels for museums to technical writing for a major software company. She holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from McMaster University and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.