What for-pay email providers do you recommend?

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I get that you strongly recommend against using free email accounts for important stuff. But that, then, begs the question: which paid email providers with full features do you recommend?

A fair question. There are many approaches that I do recommend, depending on your specific situation.

I need to explain what I’m looking for, first. Then it’s just possible we’ll find that you already have what you need.

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Why Aren’t My Friends Getting My Email?

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Hi, Leo. I have two friends in Europe who do not receive my emails nor can I get theirs. Neither one of us has the other marked as spam so what’s going on?

To be honest, it’s almost impossible to say. I will throw out a few ideas based on how the email system might be working, but I really don’t know of a direct or specific way to fix this.

I do however have one workaround for you to at least try.

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How Do I Get My New Email to Be the Default Email in Windows?

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This is complicated for me to put into print: I have a Windows Live email, which according to Microsoft, was hacked and unusable. I opened an Outlook.com email. Everything that has a right-click (such as Send To) goes to that old Live email. How can I right-click on an item, click Send To, and have it go to my Outlook.com email?

This is actually a surprisingly complicated and confusing scenario because we’re talking about two completely separate things.

I’ll try and clarify.

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Why Is a Message Stuck in My Outbox?

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When I send an email, the message goes to my outbox, but it stays there. I can’t send the message from my outbox.

In an email program, the outbox is a holding area – a place where messages go after you click Send and wait until the program can forward it to the mail server. The outbox helps you do other things in the email program, so you don’t have to wait for the mail server.

Let’s talk about the outbox. Many different email programs use an outbox and because you didn’t say which email program you’re using, I’ll use Outlook in my examples.

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How Do I Change My Email Address?

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How do I change my email address?

This question (and variants of it) are incredibly common.

Unfortunately, the answer is rarely simple. Changing an email address often means one thing to the person asking and something very different to the services that provide email. Some services make the change easy(ish).

Others? Not so much.

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Footnotes & references

1: This makes the assumption that you are indeed changing your email address, and that it’s your goal to stop using the old one at some point. If you’re keeping the old email address and simply adding a new one you don’t need to do this unless you want to.

2: Outlook the program (part of Microsoft Office), not the unrelated website (Outlook.com). If the difference isn’t clear please see How do Outlook, Outlook Express, and Outlook.com relate?

How Do I Change My Hotmail Name or Address?

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My MSN Hotmail name is “something@hotmail.com”. I really don’t like the “something”. What I’d really like is to be “somethingelse@hotmail.com”. How do
I change it?

This is another one of those seemingly simple questions that I get several times every day.

What you’re asking for is not to change your name, but your email address. Unfortunately, your email address is how MSN Hotmail identifies you. A different email address means a completely different MSN Hotmail account.

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How do I resolve my MSN Hotmail sign in problems?

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How do I resolve my MSN Hotmail sign in problems?

I continue to receive reports of people having trouble with MSN Hotmail sign in. The problems are as varied as the symptoms. But there is one thing that’s consistent …

… the frustration.

I’ve collected a number of ideas try to resolve the assorted problems you may be experiencing with your MSN Hotmail email.

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So just what is a “Server” anyway?

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So just what is a “server” anyway?

The word “server” gets thrown around a lot these days. We hear about web servers, print servers, mail servers, dedicated servers, shared servers, and more. Just what does the word “server” mean these days?

While it might have gotten confusing, it’s not really that mysterious. Servers are very common. In fact, you’re probably using one right now.

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