How to Find Hotmail Accounts

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How to Find Hotmail Accounts
Searching for someone in the Hotmail Universe, if he or she has an account, is easy. (e-mail cup image by sumos from

First launched in 1996, Hotmail is a very popular Internet browser-based e-mail program. Free to use with a basic account, Hotmail provides high-quality e-mail options and a good bit of service space to users. Most revenue is accrued through the attachment of advertisements to e-mail windows. Hotmail was purchased by Microsoft in 1997, and in recent years its member database has been integrated into Microsoft's Windows Live network. This makes it relatively simple to find other Hotmail users.

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Things you need

  • Windows Live e-mail account
  • Internet connection

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    Open your web browser.

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    Sign into your Windows Live account. Create an account if you do not currently have one.

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    Use the search bar in to look for the applicable person. Type in the person's name and click "Search."

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    Look through the results of the search. Search for any distinguishing information. If the search results are of a number so overwhelming as to make any effective search impossible, click on the "Advanced" button and search from there; doing an advanced search will allow you to enter more information, thus narrowing down the field of search results.

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    Select the applicable person's picture and click on "Add as friend."

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    Wait until your friend accepts your friend request. You will be notified by private message and by e-mail when this occurs.

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    Navigate back to; hover your cursor over the "Hotmail" button at the top, then click "Contacts."

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    Find the first letter of the last name of the person for whom you are searching. Click on that person's contact; his or her e-mail address will be included in the profile.

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