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How to Create a New Email Address With Hotmail

Updated April 17, 2017

Receiving and sending e-mails is one of the quickest ways to communicate through the Internet. There are many e-mail servers, but one of the most popular is the free web mail server operated by Microsoft: Hotmail. Learn how to set up a new e-mail account with Hotmail.

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  1. Navigate to the Hotmail website at www.hotmail.com. Click the "sign up" button and you will be taken to the registration page.

  2. Enter a new e-mail ID or login name. There is a possibility that your choice will not be available. If this is the case, choose from a suggested list of e-mail addresses given by Hotmail or just create a new name that has not been taken.

  3. Choose a password after your name is set. Make sure it is not easy for others to guess and is a combination of letters and numbers. It must be from 7 to 16 characters.

  4. Enter another e-mail address where your password can be sent if you forget it. You can also choose to answer a security question in case you forget your password. The security question will ask the name of your first pet or where your mother was born, for example.

  5. Fill in all your personal information to create your Hotmail account, including name, year of birth and address.

  6. Fill out an automatically generated code of mixed letters and numbers (at the bottom of the screen) in order to ensure that you are an individual attempting to create an account and not a machine attempting to hack into the Hotmail system. If you cannot read the letters, click "refresh" to receive a new code.

  7. Read through the user terms of the agreement and click "I accept."

  8. Customise the look of your page or just choose the basic version on the next screen. This can later be changed if you find that you'd prefer a more customised look. After this step, you'll be directed to your e-mail inbox, where you can immediately begin sending and receiving e-mails.

  9. Tip

    Combine upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols in the password.


    Do not include common words or names in the password.

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About the Author

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.

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