Hotmail is one of many virtual free e-mail accounts available today on the internet. It is easily accessible from any web browser and very convenient if you want to be able to check your e-mail from any computer. It is also useful when using e-mail with your pupils as they can access the account easily both at school and at home (if they have an internet connection).
To open a hotmail account, go to the following address:
You will get the following:
Click on the "Sign up Here" button
and you will be taken to the "Terms of agreement" page. Click "I accept"
You will then be taken to the
Once you have completed the process, you may receive a message saying you need to choose a different login name as the one you chose is already in use.
Once your registration has been processed and you receive confirmation of your new e-mail address, write it down and save it!
Fill in the space "Login Name" with your new login name and the "Password" with you password. Click on Enter.
OK - it's time to send an e-mail message. Just for practice send an e-mail message to yourself. Click on Compose on the left of the screen.
The TO: box fill in the correct e-mail address and the subject of the message in the subject box and write a few words in the body of the message.
Click on the message (From) and the text will come up.
There are many more features in your hotmail account. Take a look at the possibilities in the left column.
So far you have used the In-box (to see your message) and the Compose (to write your message) functions.
Now let's take a look at the Addresses function - click on Addresses.
This is an address book where you can save addresses. You will notice two options: individual addresses or groups addresses. Click on Create in the Individual section and you will get the following screen: You only need to fill in the nickname and e-mail - the other fields are optional. Add all the addresses on the board now. Click OK after each address.
Now you can send e-mail to any of these addresses by clicking on compose and them on quicklist. You will then see all the names you added to your address book. Select one and send a message. Do this now.
The other option in the address book is to create a group of addresses. Click on Addresses and then choose the group option. The following screen will come up:
If there is a group of people who you regularly send the same message, creating a group address is very helpful. This way you can send to everyone without either send the same message to each individual or doing Cc or Bcc many times.
If you have too many messages cluttering up your inbox but you want to still keep them, you can create a folder to move them into. Click on Folders in the left column. You will get the following:
Click on create to make a new folder. Choose a name and create your new folder.
Go back to your inbox and move some of your messages to this folder by:
Now check that these messages are in fact in this folder.
Prepare more folders - you may want a folder for school, for personal, for this project, etc…
Delete the messages you do not want to keep.
There are many more options in your hotmail account. Click on Options in the left column. The following screen will come up:
Check out the different options and fill in whatever you would like to.
You can send and receive an attachment to messages. An attachment is a file that comes with your e-mail message, but in order to view that message you need to open it in a different program. It could be a picture, a web page, a word file, or any other kind of file. Click on the message and you will see the following:
You have two options to download the attachment - either with or without checking the file for viruses. You should first check for viruses.
Click on Download to see the
To add an attachment to an e-mail message - Click on Compose and then Attachment.Look for the file you want to send and click ok. It's as simple as that.
Nifty tool - saves time, saves paper
and saves you straining your eyes finding the typo your pupils made in
the URL they copied incorrectly.