For Seniors: Create and Send Windows Live Hotmail
Windows Live Hotmail appears in your Inbox regularly, where you can view and reply to it. Hotmail e-mail is similar to other online e-mail services, in that you can access it from any Internet computer. Hotmail messages reside online-and not on your computer.
Display the Windows Live home page, sign into your account, and click the Hotmail link to go to the Hotmail portion of Windows Live.
Enter your new Windows Live ID and password, and then click the Sign In button. The Windows Live Home page appears. Click the Hotmail link at the top of the page, and your Inbox appears.
Click the New button.
A blank e-mail form appears.
Address the e-mail message.
Type the e-mail address of the recipient(s) in the To field text box. If you want to send a copy of the message, click the Show Cc & Bcc link and enter the address(es) in the Cc: or Bcc: field text boxes.
To address an e-mail to someone in your Contacts list, click the To button, and your Contacts list appears. Select the name(s) of the people you want to send the e-mail to, from the list that appears.
You can also simply begin to type someone's name in an address field (To:, Bcc:, or Cc:), and let Hotmail display a list of matching contacts. Click the correct name when it appears in the list, and Hotmail enters the correct e-mail address.
Enter a subject.
Click the Subject text box and type a concise yet descriptive subject of your message.
Click the message pane and type your message.
Don’t press Enter at the end of a line when typing a message. Windows Live Hotmail has an automatic text wrap feature that does this for you. Do be concise. If you have lots to say, consider sending a letter by snail-mail or attaching a printable document to the e-mail.
Don’t type in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, since that indicates an angry tone. If you can't read the text, increase its font size.
When you finish typing your message, click the Spell Check button.
Windows Live checks spelling and places a red, wavy line under questionable words. Click the word and select the correct spelling from the drop-down list that appears. If you add more text to your message and want to check the new text for spelling, click the Spell Check button again.
Click the Send button.
A message appears, telling you the e-mail is on its way!
If the message is really urgent, you might want to click the High Importance button before you click Send (it looks like a red exclamation point). This adds a bright-red exclamation mark to the message header to alert the recipient of the message's importance. Click the Low Importance button (it looks like a blue, downward-pointing arrow) to return the message's priority to Low.