Thursday, November 3, 2011

How to Begin Your Windows Live Hotmail Sign In.

This write-up takes you through the procedures for a Hotmail Sign In. Windows Live Hotmail is without doubt one of the most used email services in the world after Gmail and Yahoo.Newbies and even experienced users sometimes have a hard time signing into Hotmail.A tutorial with step-by-step instructions and screenshots is very helpful for those who are not familiar with Hotmail but not all problems can be solved with a tutorial. Users must be well versed with the new version of Windows Live Hotmail as these often come with updates of the older version.However, the Help Sections for the older versions of MSN Hotmail are still useful in many cases and you will find most answers to your problems.

Hotmail users should note that besides the familiar in-browser use of Hotmail, the email service can also be used with a number of applications, namely:

Hotmail for Outlook Express
Hotmail for Windows Live Mail
Hotmail for Windows Mail
Hotmail for Mozilla Thunderbird
Hotmail for Microsoft Outlook
The New Hotmail

Since the debut of Windows Live Hotmail in 2007, Microsoft has been introducing new features to Hotmail and giving the email service a competitive edge over Gmail. Although Gmail has been on an innovative streak, Hotmail has managed to hold its lead as the most popular e-mail service on planet earth. In this article, you will learn about the various web mail services and programs that are available on the newest version of Hotmail and how this email service has evolved over the last decade. In beginning your Hotmail Sign In, here is what you should know and do:

Create Your Hotmail Account:

First, you have to learn how to open a hotmail account. There are steps that are to be followed beginning with registration and choosing a username for your Hotmail account. The whole set-up process takes a little over six minutes considering that you are not encountering problems that are caused by your browser or server. Knowing how the Hotmail Sign Up works helps you to decide the preferred settings and options that you are presented with as you sign up. Some options may be apparent and others may require you to find them. For example, MSN offers the Hotmail Plus option that enables a user to view his/her emails without seeing adverts that are normally shown on the Hotmail interface.

Make a Hotmail Sign In:

After creating your Hotmail account with the preferred settings, you should sign into Hotmail.When sign into Hotmail, there are more settings and options that allow you to choose your preferences. One of the most important settings is the security settings for accessing your email on a public system. The Hotmail login tutorial takes you through the logging process and how to protect your email account from being hacked. If the basic tips do not help to solve your login problems, you should consult the detailed guide that provides in-depth information on Hotmail sign in issues as well as advanced settings for Hotmail login.

Hotmail Keyboard Shortcuts:

The latest Hotmail comes with a new feature that allows a user to open and browse emails without a mouse. This feature makes use of keyboard shortcuts for basic functions and it can be a time saver for those who do not like the mouse.However, this feature will not work for advanced functions. There are tutorials on how to use Hotmail keyboard shortcuts.

How to Configure Hotmail for Email Clients:

In using your Hotmail account, you would want to use your iphone or mobile phone to access your emails. The Mobile Mac Mail application is used for both iPod and iPhone.There are tutorials for setting up Hotmail on iPod or iPhone.

One change that can be observed by Hotmail users is that Windows Live Hotmail has the ability to act like a POP3 mail service. The older versions used an email protocol owned by Microsoft. In the old version, users were only able to access their emails through applications made by Microsoft e.g. Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express.

The option for POP3 gives Hotmail users extra advantage because they can use any POP3 email client to access their emails.POP3 technology is used by many email services today. To configure your POP3 settings, you should go to the ‘Hotmail POP3 settings’. You will need to browse through the Hotmail IMAP settings tutorial to learn the limitations and how to properly configure the programs. As you know that technology is always changing, you should expect updates from the Hotmail technical support. Tutorials on how to deal with common problems are given and they should help you in your quest for solutions.

Millions of people are used to the free Hotmail service, but there is also the premium service known as Hotmail Plus that is provided with MSN Windows Live.Hotmail Plus comes with a lot of advantages – it is free from ads, offers more storage, allows sending of large files (up to 5Gigs), can filter a large number of approved senders and recipients simultaneously. All the things that you want clarified about Hotmail will be explained in the tutorials. The range of names that are given by Microsoft to describe their Hotmail products can be confusing by consulting the tutorials will make it easy for you. You should know that Hotmail is an entity that was acquired by Microsoft and as expected many things have changed including the names.

Reading your Hotmail mails:

Reading your emails is one of the things you should learn in the latest Hotmail.The new Windows Live Hotmail UI comes with a reading pane that can be customized to your preferences. Emails can be read in full view or summaries. There are tutorials that show you how to view hidden pictures and blocked content. Learn how to open Hotmail attachments as well as download them. Things like downloading or attaching a Hotmail file may look easy but there are people who will encounter problems because they have not read the latest guide. Features like a Hotmail Email Editor may need a detailed study for starters. The Hotmail Email Editor is used to create new e-mails as well as forward or reply to e-mails.

In the course of learning how to use Hotmail, you should also know how to delete Hotmail emails using the email deletion feature. When you delete your emails, you will find that you might need to recover them. It is possible to recover your deleted emails but you should be aware that Hotmail will permanently delete emails after a certain period. In this case, you cannot recover the emails once they are permanently deleted. The user will also learn about the easiest way to delete multiple emails or to delete emails one at a time.

Compose and send emails:

The next step in a Hotmail Sign In is to create email messages and send them. In this step, you would be required to use the Hotmail Email Editor. The Email Editor gives the user options for formatting the messages. At this stage, you should know how to send file attachments. There are important things to be considered concerning the attachment size for Hotmail files. A maximum total of 5 Gigs of files can be sent at once in one message, and these should be attached in maximum sizes of 25MB.This means in order to send 2.5 Gigs ,you should have 100 files (each 25MB) attached to the message. For those who want to stretch the limits, there are ways to send much bigger files in excess of 5 Gigs. More detailed analysis is provided for replying to and forwarding Hotmail emails.

The next step is knowing how to display images / photos within your emails. As you will learn, adding photos in your messages is different from the normal attachment process (Windows file picker).In Windows Live Hotmail, you have to use a picture management add-on that enables you to organize, edit and pick selected pictures that will be re-sized and used for email messages. The pictures in your Hotmail message will be displayed as on a page within the content. This is different from an email attachment where you need to click a link to download or view the pictures.

The latest version of Windows Live Hotmail allows the user to add his/her signature beneath every message that is sent out. This is done automatically, so once you add your signature, the signature will be displayed beneath all the new emails that you compose. The tutorials for adding a signature to Hotmail take you through the whole process of inserting a signature and deleting your email signature. You can also send emails with or without a signature.

The process of sending emails is easy but you have to know what happens as you send the emails. You have many options to deal with your email sending. It is important to learn about how to recall emails, how to request email delivery confirmations and to find out if your emails were received and read. As you use Hotmail, you might encounter problems where emails are delayed or undelivered. You should be aware of these things and learn how to troubleshoot them.

Standard Folders – Hotmail

As soon as you make your Hotmail Sign In, you will notice that there are 5 folders on the latest Windows Live Hotmail.These folders are in-built and permanent. You cannot delete or rename them because they are integrated within the system for performing certain functions. Tutorials will show you how to use each of these folders and how they work. The 5 Hotmail folders are the:

Deleted folder: This contains emails that are deleted by the user. Emails that are deleted in the inbox are sent to this folder and the user has the time to decide whether to restore or permanently remove them. Deleted emails have a couple of months before they are permanently deleted. The deleted folder acts like a recycle / trash bin.
Sent folder: This folder contains all emails that you composed and sent. You can refer to this folder if you are searching for past email correspondence.
Drafts folder: This folder stores all messages you composed but never sent. You can keep all emails that you want to revise or proofread at a later date prior to sending them.
Spam folder (Junk Mail): The spam folder contains junk email. These are unsolicited emails or any other emails that have been marked as spam by the automatic filter. Any received email that you manually mark as spam will also be sent to this folder. Deleting an email from the spam folder permanently removes the email from the recycle bin.
Hotmail Inbox: This is the main box that contains all emails received. Messages that are marked as spam will bypass the inbox to the trash can.

Custom Folders – Hotmail

Standard folders cannot be renamed, modified or deleted.However, you can add your own custom folders. Custom folders help you to find your stuff quickly. For example, you can create a folder named ”movies” to track all your subscribed movie newsletters and updates. You can have another folder named “coupons” to track your subscribed coupon emails. Windows Live Hotmail allows you to set the filters or make your own rules so that emails can be automatically distributed to their appropriate folders.

Some of the things are very simple. Learn how to empty a folder, create a folder, delete a folder and rename it. The hotmail UI is intuitive.
Hotmail Contacts Management:

Like any other email service, Hotmail gives the user options to manage contacts. In order to effectively manage your contacts, you should put them in categories. When you have an email account, you get emails from many people e.g. customers, business partners, relatives and friends. It is also ideal to use your Hotmail contacts list as an online address book that can be accessed everywhere on the web.

Tutorials to manage your Windows Live Hotmail contacts will help you get started easily when you gain more contacts. A Hotmail account can have up to 5,000 contacts.

The next step in your Hotmail Sign In requires you to learn how to create new contacts, delete contacts, add contacts and edit contacts. There is the manual way of adding contacts, but if you have many contacts to add to your list, this can take a lot of your time. To save time, you can import your contacts automatically in one step from an external email application or address book. The import function also extracts contacts from another email service such as Yahoo or Gmail. The process is easy when you follow the tutorials. Now that you have all your contacts on your Hotmail account, you should learn how to export your Hotmail contacts to another account or email service.Often, you will have contacts that appear more than once in your Hotmail address list. You can solve this problem by merging or removing duplicate contacts.

Hotmail Contacts also comes with a feature create mailing lists also known as contact groups or distribution lists. This can be created from your Hotmail account. The Windows Live Team calls this feature the ‘contact categories’. Under a single contact category, you can create or add sub-groups. This can simply be done by giving a single “group name” to refer to the sub-groups. Tutorials are available to help you manage your Hotmail Contacts categories effectively.

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