Articles tagged: hotmail

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.

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

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

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How Do I Reactivate an Old Email Account?

A closed email account is either waiting for you to reactivate it or is closed for good. The only way to tell is to try.

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 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.

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I Know My Password Is Right, But I Can’t Sign In. What Do I Do?

If your password won’t work and your secret questions are different, it’s pretty clear what’s happened and what you need to do.

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Why Am I Being Asked for Additional Verification on Sign-in?

If Microsoft detects a login attempt to your account from a country other than yours, additional security information may be required. You need to be prepared to provide it.

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.

Welcome to Outlook.COM

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.

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How Do I Permanently Close My Account?

I often hear from people wanting to close an email account for one reason or another. The problem is that closing an email account is often the wrong solution to their real problem.

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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.

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Back Up Your Email Using Thunderbird

Using a desktop email program to back up email avoids potential data loss. I’ll show you how using Outlook.com and Thunderbird as examples.

Locke Out

How Do I Keep Outlook.com from Locking Me Out When I Travel?

When your email is suddenly accessed from a new location, it could mean someone other than you is trying to log in. Email providers like Outlook.com watch for this.

Facebook Login, including the "Forgot account?" link

Tip of the Day: Use Available Recovery Options

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.

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

Mail: Choose an account

How Do I Back Up My Outlook.com Email?

Outlook.com accounts are hacked into and lost every day. I’ll review a couple of techniques that ensure you won’t lose email or contacts if it happens to you.

What Your Email Address Says About You

What Your Email Address Says About You

It’s not as bad as it once was, but which email provider and what email address you have can cause some to make assumptions about who you are and what you do, or don’t, know.

You Can use Free Email Safely (but most people don't)

You Can Use Free Email Safely (But Most People Don’t)

Free email is popular, ubiquitous … and risky. Free email accounts are lost regularly with no hope of recovery. I’ll review how you can use free email accounts safely.

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.

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.

Sign Out!

How Do I Force My Email Account to Close on Another Device?

There are possibilities here that are, perhaps, even more unsavory than having someone you know reading your mail. So first things first!

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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.

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How Do I Make a New Hotmail Account? Or Outlook.com Account?

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.

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What Are Outlook.com’s IMAP, POP3, and SMTP Settings?

Microsoft has enabled POP3, IMAP, and SMTP access to Outlook.com, and thus to Hotmail accounts. I’ll walk you through the settings.

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How Do I Change My Hotmail or Outlook.com Password?

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.

Outlook Print Message in Google Chrome

How Do I Print Hotmail Messages Without the Ads?

The trick is to print the email itself and not the page showing in your browser. I’ll show you how.

How Do I Change My Hotmail or Outlook.com Password If I Forgot It?

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.

Outlook.com email forwarding

How do I automatically forward Hotmail in Outlook.com?

It’s now fairly easy to automatically forward Hotmail and Outlook.com messages to another email account. I’ll walk you through the steps.

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How Do I Print an Email in Outlook.com (Formerly Hotmail)?

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.

How do I change my Hotmail alternate email address?

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.