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How to find member profiles on hotmail

Updated July 20, 2017

Hotmail is an Internet webmail service provided by Microsoft through its Windows Live platform. Hotmail provides free e-mail service to members and also lists members in the MSN member directory. The MSN member directory can be searched by e-mail address, name and phone number, providing users with a way to find old friends, locate business clients or find people with similar interests. Searching the MSN member directory is easy once you are familiar with it.

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  1. Log into your Hotmail account. Go to the MSN Hotmail sign in page and enter your e-mail address and password to access your account.

  2. View your contacts. Under the "Hotmail" heading on the page's left-side bar, click on the "Contacts" link. The Hotmail "Contacts" page will open.

  3. Access the search function. Click on the "Add people" link located on the left-side bar of the Hotmail Contacts page under the "Your friends" heading. The Hotmail "Add people" page will open and display the Hotmail members search option.

  4. Navigate to the search function on the Hotmail "Add people" page containing the member directory search option as described in Section 1.

  5. Search for member profiles by e-mail address. Type the email address of the member whose profile you are looking for in the search box located under the "Add people by name or e-mail address" heading. Click "Next" to continue. The "Add people" results page will appear.

  6. View member profile. The email address that was searched for in the previous step will appear on the "Add people" results page. Click on the email address to display the member's profile associated with that e-mail address.

  7. Navigate to the search function. Return to the Hotmail "Add people" page containing the member directory search function as described in Section 1.

  8. Search for member profiles by name. Click on the "Search for people" link located under the "Add people by name or e-mail address" search box. The Hotmail "Search results" page will open.

  9. Enter member name. Type the name of the member whose profile you are searching for in the search box located at the top of the page and click "Enter." A new "Search results" page will open displaying all member profiles matching your search criteria. Click on a particular profile to view profile details.

  10. Navigate to the search function. Return to the Hotmail "Add people" page containing the member directory search function as described in Section 1.

  11. Access the advanced search option. Click the "Advanced people search" link located under the search box. Advanced search options will appear.

  12. Search for member profiles by phone number. Enter the member's phone number in the advanced search field and press the "search" button to continue. The member's profile matching the telephone number will appear. Click on a particular profile to view profile details.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet Connection
  • Hotmail or Windows Live account

About the Author

Goloran Flaherty has been writing since 2002. He composes in-house technical reports, analyses and processes on the subjects of Internet-protocol networking and telecommunications for a Fortune 500 technology company. Flaherty is a Microsoft-certified network engineer and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University.

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