This guide will show you how to set up an email account with Outlook (formerly known as Hotmail). It’s free to set up and will enable you to send messages or photos all over the world, as well as giving you access to other web-based versions of Microsoft products such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Skype.

You can print or download this Outlook helpsheet [310 KB - not accessible].

Please note there are other email providers to choose from such as Yahoo! and Gmail.

Begin by typing the Outlook web address into the address bar of your web browser:

Then click the Create free account button.

Create free account button to register for Outlook email account.

To begin, type a username over the words New email. Note that your username will appear on all emails that you send out, even to prospective employers, so jokey names are best avoided. 

Displays a window which reads Create Account. The user must choose and enter a username.

Now you need to choose a password for your account. This should include numbers and letters and be difficult for a hacker to guess. It must be something that you can remember although, for reasons of security, you should avoid writing it down anywhere. You can find out more about choosing a password in our Managing Passwords helpsheet.

Note that current best practice is to use three random words.

This window requires the user to enter a password for this Outlook account.

Next, you need to enter your first and last names.

Here the user must enter first and last name.

Outlook requires you to enter your date of birth.  You also need to specify which country you are based in.

Finally, you need to prove that you are not a robot by solving the puzzle shown in the picture. You need to click on the image for prompts on how to do this.

Screen requires user to solve a visual puzzle before proceeding.

That’s it, you now have an email account with Outlook. 

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