Hotmail is just one of the several free online e-mail providers that can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. But if you prefer to use the email client Microsoft Outlook, you can set up Outlook to download your Hotmail account e-mails to your Outlook inbox. You can also configure Outlook to allow you to send e-mails through Hotmail.
Click on "File," and click "Add Account" from the "Info" tab in Outlook.
Choose the "Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types" option and click "Next."
Select "Internet Email" and click the "Next" button.
Type your name as you want it to appear on outbound e-mails in the Your Name text field.
Enter your Hotmail e-mail address in the Email Address text field.
Choose the "POP3" option from the "Account Type" drop-down menu.
Type "pop3.live.com" in the Incoming Mail Server field.
Type "smtp.live.com" in the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) field.
Enter your Hotmail username in the User Name field.
Type your password for your Hotmail account into the Password field.
Check the "Remember Password" box if you don't want to type your password in every time that you use Outlook to access your Hotmail e-mail account. Although this is less secure, if your computer is password protected, this additional security measure may be unnecessary.
Click on "More Settings" and select the "Outgoing Server" tab.
Check the "My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication" box and choose the "Use Same Settings as My Incoming Mail Sever" option.
Click on the "Advanced" tab.
Type "995" in the Incoming Server (POP3) field and type "25" in the Outgoing Server (SMTP) field.
Check the "This Server Requires an Encrypted Connection (SSL)" box.
Check "Leave a Copy of Messages on the Server" if you still want to be able to access your e-mail online. If you leave this box unchecked, your online messages are deleted when they are downloaded to your Outlook inbox.
Click "OK," and then click the "Next" button to finish the set-up procedure. Outlook now automatically checks to make sure your settings are correct.
Click "Finish" when Outlook successfully completes the set-up check.
Even if you don't want to regularly use Outlook, you can use this process to keep a local backup of your e-mails.