How to Set Up an Account at Outlook.com

By Faithe Wempen

Outlook.com is a very useful website. You can not only use it to access any of your Microsoft-sponsored email accounts (any account that ends in outlook.com, live.com, or hotmail.com), but you can also set up your POP3 accounts so you can send and receive mail from them on the website.

The sign-in for Outlook.com is the same as for your Microsoft account (the one you use to sign into Windows 8). If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you’re prompted to create one when you visit Outlook.com for the first time.

When you’re logged in, follow these steps to set up a POP3 email account to send and receive mail through Outlook.com. (These steps assume you are using the desktop version of Internet Explorer.)

  1. Click the Settings button (the cog icon) in the upper-right corner of the screen to open a menu, and then click Options.

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  2. Under Managing your account, click Your Email Accounts.

  3. Click Add a Send-and-Receive Account.

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  4. Follow the prompts to complete the setup. Outlook.com will ask you for the information it needs.

If you get an error when you try to set up the account by just entering the email address and password, click the Advanced hyperlink, which opens extra options you can set. For example, you may need to set a certain incoming or outgoing mail server or port. Check with your provider if you don’t have that information or don’t know what that is.