A new account in hotmail.com and how to use it
Creating a new account in hotmail.com and using it is easy. This is a web-based email server where you can read new emails, send new emails with or without file attachments, and organize your emails into different folders like “work”, “family” or anything you desire.
Go to http://www.hotmail.com and you will see the following home page there.
If you do not have an account there yet then click the link indicated on the above photo by the black arrow. Choose a user name which will become the first past of your email address e.g. johnsmith all in one word. Then choose a password and make it unique and hard to guess. Then enter as little or as much personal information as you feel comfortable in providing and register your account name. Your new email address will then be something like email@example.com.
Login to your email Inbox if you are taken back to the home page. Once you are in you will see a page that looks like the one below. I have removed all but one emails from this account for the purpose of the picture but it will look similar to what you are presented with.
To send an email, just click “+ New” at the top and enter the recipient’s email address in the “To:” section on the left, a description of your message in the “Add a subject” field on the right and then your message in the large box below. You can change the font size and font itself. You can attach a file like a photo via the Attach files section. All of this can be seen in the picture below.
That is all there really is basically to using hotmail.com for emailing but here are a few other points to note. The little square next to each email in your Inbox can be clicked with your computer mouse. A menu will show up along the top blue section next to where “+ New” is and you can click the “Delete” link for any that you have read and no longer need to keep. Spam emails that are full of Nigerian scams, saying that you have won millions of dollars or can help shift large sums of money around via your bank account, and other spam emails are often found in the “Junk” folder in the left column. These are automatically removed by Hotmail after about a week. You can manually delete them yourself by emptying the “Junk” folder. This is done by clicking the square next to “View: All” in the top row and then “Delete” when it comes up. Emails in the “Deleted” folder are automatically emptied after a few days.
If you let your email Inbox pile up a lot and wish to find an email then there is a search box in the left column. If you click inside that box you will see a link come up that says “Advanced search”. That will take you to a page that will allow you to try different parts of a name or email address to find what you are looking for in any or just one folder you select, like the “Inbox” folder only as an example. You can also specify a date range to narrow your search.
Emailing with Hotmail is easy and anyone can use it. It is useful if you do not wish to download emails with attachments that could contain a virus. Hotmail does have an anti-virus check option when you do download files attached to an email, though. You will know if an email does have an attachment because it will have a paperclip symbol next to it in the Inbox. Hotmail is also useful if you visit forums and do not want to register an account there with your private email address provided by your internet service provider at home or work. Some forums and web sites requiring you to register a login for some sections of the site may not accept free web-based email accounts as the one you use to register with, it should be noted.
And that is all there is in a nutshell to using Hotmail for emailing.