How to Set Up an Email Address

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An e-mail address is a directory that you can use to send and receive electronic correspondence with other people on the Internet. Once you have an e-mail address, anyone can send you messages--not just people who are using the same service as you.

E-mail addresses are a dime a dozen these days, with many services offering free e-mail addresses. All you have to do is choose your service and sign up for an account.

Use Gmail (see References). Gmail is a free e-mail address service provided by Google. A Gmail account (which you can sign up for from the main Gmail website) comes with over 7GB of storage space in addition to all of the features of a regular Google account, like photo hosting, a free (but optional) blog and free access to many of Google's desktop applications like Google Earth.

  • An e-mail address is a directory that you can use to send and receive electronic correspondence with other people on the Internet.
  • A Gmail account (which you can sign up for from the main Gmail website) comes with over 7GB of storage space in addition to all of the features of a regular Google account, like photo hosting, a free (but optional) blog and free access to many of Google's desktop applications like Google Earth.

Use Yahoo! Mail (see References). Yahoo! Mail is a free e-mail service offered by Yahoo!. You can sign up for a Yahoo! e-mail address using the utility on Yahoo!'s main site. A Yahoo! e-mail account also comes with access to Yahoo!'s "Groups" feature, which are electronic organisations through which users get together and chat about nearly any topic of their choosing.

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Use Windows Live Mail (see References). Windows Live Mail is the latest evolution of Microsoft's old "Hotmail" e-mail service. Windows Live Mail accounts are free, and you can sign up for them using the electronic form on the Windows Live website. A Windows Live address can be used across a variety of Microsoft products, including logging into technical support for your operating system and logging into the multiplayer aspects of certain Microsoft produced video games.

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