People ask every day how they can reach someone at Microsoft to help with Hotmail and Outlook.com problems. There is help.
The email service formerly known as Hotmail.com, Outlook.com is the web’s user interface not only for outlook.com email accounts, but for email accounts on the msn.com, webtv.com, live.com and hotmail.com domains and many more.
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.
Surprisingly, you can still create a hotmail.com email address. I’ll show you how.
A recovery code created in advance can help you avoid losing access to your Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to create a recovery code.
I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while travelling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. Prepare properly so you won’t get locked out.
Even though they share similar names and do similar things, Outlook and Outlook.com are actually not related at all.
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.
“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.
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.
Outlook.com has added the concept of email address aliases. They serve as a good solution when you want to change your email address.
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.
One thing that everyone needs to realize is that our accounts are pretty much under constant attack. We certainly need to act like they are.
The answer isn’t going to be too hopeful, though I do have a few small straws you can grasp at.
Making a new Hotmail or Outlook.com account isn’t as obvious as many think. First, you need to make the option visible – by signing out.
Microsoft has enabled POP3, IMAP, and SMTP access to Outlook.com, and thus to Hotmail accounts. I’ll walk you through the settings.
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.
How to change your Hotmail or Outlook.com password isn’t always obvious, particularly when Microsoft keeps changing the interface. I’ll walk you through how to change your Hotmail password.
The trick is to print the email itself and not the page showing in your browser. I’ll show you how.
Forgot your Hotmail password? Your Outlook.com password? There are a couple of ways to regain access to your account. Using recovery information you set up originally, or information you can remember about the account, I’ll show you how to go about getting your account back.
It’s now fairly easy to automatically forward Hotmail and Outlook.com messages to another email account. I’ll walk you through the steps.
It’s not that difficult to print an email in Outlook.com, it just takes looking in what is probably an unfamiliar place for former Hotmail users.
Outlook and Outlook.com are two different and unrelated programs. But once we get past a possible typo, they can both handle ics, not isc, files.
Your alternate email address is critical should you forget your password or lose access to your Hotmail account. I’ll show you how to set or change it.
Hotmail account compromise is common. How to get your Hotmail account back varies based on just what was stolen. I’ll review the different scenarios.
Changing your Hotmail address is not possible, but you can set up a new account.
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.
Being a free service, Hotmail’s customer serice isn’t as extensive, or as
immediate, as that of a full featured mail or ISP service you might pay for.