Articles in Category: Email Providers

The companies and services that provide you your email service – from free services to your ISP to other “emal service providers” as well.

Email around Microsoft.

How Do I Change the Email Address of My Microsoft Account?

You can associate multiple email addresses with your Microsoft account. Who knew?

A realistic digital illustration of a PC computer screen. The screen displays a user interface with a prominent, centered prompt that reads "Enter recovery email address:". The background of the screen is a simple, user-friendly design, suggesting a security or account settings page. The entire setting conveys a modern, technological environment, focusing on the importance of security and account recovery.

What Is My Microsoft Account Recovery Email?

Your Microsoft account recovery email address is an important part of making sure you never lose access to your account.

A skilled juggler is performing an impressive feat, effortlessly juggling bright and easily recognizable Gmail icons in mid-air. The juggler is focused, with a look of concentration and joy on their face, as they stand against a simple, unobtrusive background that doesn't detract from the spectacle of the Gmail icons being tossed with expert precision.

How Do I Sign In to a Different Gmail Account?

There are several ways to be signed in to multiple Gmail accounts simultaneously. I’ll review the most common and what I find the most useful.

Password Frustration

How Do I Recover My Outlook Account?

Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. Here’s how to get your account back depending on what happened to it.

A photorealistic image representing the evolution and consolidation of Microsoft's email services into Outlook.com. The image shows a computer screen with the Outlook.com login page prominently displayed in the center, surrounded by faded logos symbolizing their integration into Outlook.com. The background subtly reflects a timeline, indicating the passage of over 25 years, with visual elements that hint at Microsoft's changing strategies in email services. This represents the journey from multiple sign-in platforms to a single unified access point for all Microsoft email accounts.

Is There an MSN Sign-In to Hotmail?

Microsoft’s history with email and email addresses is long and reflects changing strategies within the company.

New email address.

How to Change Your Email Address On Gmail

You can change your Gmail address by creating a new Gmail account. If that’s not really what you want, you’ll need to see which workaround you can live with.

An office setting with a person sitting at a desk, visibly frustrated. The desk has a computer displaying a 'forgot password' error on the screen. The person is a middle-aged East Asian man in business casual attire. He's holding his head in one hand, and there's a notepad, a cup of coffee, and a smartphone on the desk. The room has a window with a view of a city skyline, suggesting an urban office environment. The atmosphere is that of stress related to forgotten credentials, with natural light coming from the window.

How to Recover an Outlook.com Account Without the Recovery Phone or Email

If you don’t have access to your account recovery phone number or alternate email address, there is a process you can go through to regain access to your account — maybe.

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What’s the Difference Between Outlook, Outlook, and Outlook.com?

Microsoft continues to confuse us with product names. I’ll clarify the difference between Outlook, Outlook, and Outlook.com, and help you decide which you want.

No Google

How to Delete Your Google Account Permanently

Deleting is permanent. There’s another option that’s less drastic, includes a safety net, and eventually achieves the same goal.

Where things are stored now in Outloook.com and OneDrive. (Image: askleo.com)

How Do I Free Space in Outlook.com Without Losing Emails?

To avoid running out of space in your Microsoft/Outlook.com account, you can archive email messages to your PC.

Google times three.

How Do I Use Two Google Accounts at the Same Time?

It’s possible to use more than one Google account at the same time, though it’s easy to lose track of which one you’re in.

Outlook.com Storage Full

How Do I Move Email to an External Hard Drive?

The Outlook.com/OneDrive space limitation has many people looking for ways to download and preserve emails offline.

Email headers.

How Do I View Full Email Headers in Gmail?

Like most email programs and interfaces, Gmail hides the administrative information or ‘headers’ in email messages. They’re still easy to view.

How Do I Transfer Hotmail or Outlook.com Contacts to Another Account?

It’s easy to transfer Outlook.com contacts to other accounts.

Outlook.com Storage Full

How Do I Delete Attachments in Outlook.com?

If you want to free up space in your Outlook.com email account by deleting attachments but not their corresponding messages, you’ll need to take extra steps.

Exceeded your storage limit in OneDrive.

Why is My Outlook.com Email Suddenly Full?

Microsoft made a confusing change to how storage is allocated between Outlook.com and OneDrive.

Microsoft Recovery Code

Recover Your Account Later by Setting Up a Microsoft Recovery Code Now

A recovery code created in advance can help you regain access to your Microsoft account if you get locked out.

Gmail: Used in other location.

What is Last Account Activity in Gmail?

Gmail makes your account activity available to you in case you’re concerned about unauthorized access.

Email Everywhere!

What For-Pay Email Providers Do You Recommend?

People often use free email providers for critical data only to lose everything when a problem occurs. So what do you look for in a paid email provider?

An Infected Server?

Could the Microsoft Servers Be Infected?

It’s tempting to blame the mail service for account hacks and vulnerabilities, but in fact that’s rarely the case. Much more likely is that hackers gained access to individual accounts through more traditional means.

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How Not to Get Locked Out of Your Microsoft Account While Traveling

I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while traveling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. You can too.

Less Secure?

What Are “Less Secure Apps” and Why is My Gmail Not Working?

Google is increasing the security requirements for accessing your Gmail accounts. I’ll review what the change means and the options you have.

Microsoft account storage.

How Full Is My Hotmail Account?

Microsoft will show you how much space your Hotmail/Outlook.com/Microsoft account is using, if you know where to look.

Google Storage

How Do I Free Up Space in Gmail?

There are several ways to deal with an overflowing Google Drive.

Enter the code

How Do I Change My Microsoft Account Phone Number?

Mobile numbers are an important component of Hotmail and Outlook.com security. I’ll review how to change the mobile number and keep it up to date.

Email

Which Email Service Should I Use?

You have many, many choices when it comes to email services. I’ll review what to look for and make a couple of recommendations.

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How Do I Use and Clear Outlook.com Contacts and Auto-complete Suggestions?

Outlook.com tries to make entering email addresses quicker, easier, and less error-prone by offering a variety of suggestions when you compose email. I’ll look at how those interact and how you can control some of what happens.

Help!

How Do I Contact Outlook.com Customer Service?

People ask every day how they can reach someone at Microsoft to help with Hotmail and Outlook.com problems. There is help.

Hotmail: Don't Let Time Run Out!

Will Microsoft Close My Hotmail Account If I Don’t Sign In?

You can lose your account, and everything in it, if you don’t sign in often enough. Here’s how often you need to, and other ways to protect yourself.

How Do I Get Rid of Gmail Tabs? How to Regain Control and Find the Email Gmail Might Be Hiding From You

How Do I Get Rid of Gmail Tabs? How to Regain Control and Find the Email Gmail Might Be Hiding From You

Gmail introduced a tabbed interface to automatically categorize email messages. Since their categorization often misses the mark, let’s turn it off.

Time Zones

How Do I Correct My Microsoft Account (Outlook.com) Time Zone?

If the time on your Outlook.com messages is wrong by hours, you may need to correct the time zone in your Microsoft account profile.

How Do I Stop Email from Going to Junk in Outlook.com?

How Do I Stop Email from Going to Junk in Outlook.com?

It’s frustrating when email previously marked as “not junk” continues to get sent to the Junk folder. It may be due to a hidden email address you don’t normally see. I’ll show you how to expose it and what to do with it.

outlook.com

How Do I Print an Email in Black Instead of Gray in Outlook.com?

Outlook.com defaults to showing dark gray text instead of black. There’s no setting to change it, but I’ll describe a couple of straws to grasp at.

It's a global threat.

Why Do I See Lots of Failed Login Attempts on My Account?

We are all under constant attack. I’ll show you how to look at your Outlook.com recent activity and review why it might be full of failed login attempts.

Are free email services worth it?

Are Free Email Services Worth It?

Free email services and accounts are convenient and ubiquitous, and can be used safely, if and only if you take responsibility for that safety.

Gmail's Confidential Mode Isn't

Gmail’s Confidential Mode Isn’t

Gmail offers a “confidential mode”. It is and it isn’t; learn how it works before you use it.

Hotmail

What’s the Difference Between Hotmail.com, Msn.com, Live.com and Now Outlook.com?

Like many Microsoft products, Hotmail’s name has changed a time or two and caused a great deal of confusion. I’ll try to make sense of it all.

Enabling Google Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is a powerful way to protect your account. We’ll enable two-factor and take an additional, critical, step to secure it.

Outlook.com home

Can I Still Get a Hotmail Email Address?

Surprisingly, you can still create a hotmail.com email address. I’ll show you how.

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My ISP Went Under; How Do I Recover My Email and Email Address?

If your ISP goes out of business, typically you can no longer access data kept on their equipment. Prevention is really the only cure.

Microsoft's Outlook and Windows Live Mail 2012 message

4 Alternatives for Windows Live Mail and Outlook.com

Outlook.com is dropping support for Windows Live Mail 2012. I’ll look at what that really means, and outline some options Microsoft failed to mention.

Outlook.com Close Account link

How Do I Close My Hotmail or Outlook.com Account?

“I want to close my Hotmail account” is a knee-jerk reaction to many account problems. It’s easy, and I’ll show you how, but it also may be pointless or even harmful.

Hotmail Support Search Results

I searched and found a Hotmail support number, but is it legit?

There is no Hotmail support number. If you find one in search results, it’s not Microsoft. Whether it’s legitimate is up for debate.

Route Your Email Through Gmail

How Do I Route My Email through Gmail?

Gmail can be used to handle email for almost any email address. I’ll show you how to route your email through Gmail, and why it’s worth considering.

Labelled emails in motion

How Do Gmail Labels Relate to Folders?

Gmail labels are similar to folders, but there are a couple of important differences to know if you use a desktop email program to access Gmail.

Outlook.com Manage Aliases Link

Change Your Hotmail or Outlook.com Email Address With An Alias

Outlook.com has added the concept of email address aliases. They serve as a good solution when you want to change your email address.

Gmail change password dialog

How Do I Change My Gmail Password?

It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.

Google

How Do I Copy Email from Outlook to Gmail?

It’s easy to get email providers and email programs mixed up. So the first step in setting this up is to understand which does what.

Gmail open in one other location

Why Do I Always Have to Sign Out Other Sessions in Gmail?

Isolating other sessions in Gmail can become pretty complex. We’ll walk through a number of scenarios.

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How can I get my lost Hotmail emails back?

The answer isn’t going to be too hopeful, though I do have a few small straws you can grasp at.