Outlook offers a clean and intuitive design for its email, making it easy to send and receive emails and keep in touch with friends, family and coworkers. You can use your Outlook account to send files to your contacts, like documents and even pictures, with a generous attachment limit of 20MB. Plus, because it is a Microsoft program, it connects easily to other Microsoft-owned applications, like OneDrive cloud storage, Calendars, and Skype. If you’re interested in joining the millions of people who use Outlook for their email needs, this article will show you how to create an Outlook account step by step.

Creating a Outlook account

You can use any computer with an internet connection to create an Outlook account, whether PC or Mac. First, use any internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) and type the following URL into the address bar to go to the Outlook homepage: www.outlook.com. Another option is to use a search engine like Bing or Google to search for “Outlook”.

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In the bottom portion of the page, you should see an option that says, “Don’t have a Microsoft account? Sign up now!” An Outlook account is one type of Microsoft account, so this is the link you will click on to get to the Outlook registration page.

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Here, you will fill in the necessary personal information to create your Outlook account and choose what your new email address and password will be. First, enter your first and last name in the appropriate fields.

Next, choose a username that will become your new Outlook email address. Currently, Microsoft gives you two options for the last part of the email, the domain that comes after the “@” symbol. You can choose between @outlook.com and @hotmail.com (Hotmail is an older precursor to Outlook and is accessible through Outlook in exactly the same way).

Now you will choose a password that you will use to access your Outlook account. It must be at least 8 characters long and is case sensitive, which means it counts capital and lowercase letters as being different. Your password should be easy for you to remember but shouldn’t be able to be guessed by other people. Ideally, your password should contain a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. When you have entered your password, type it in again in the “Confirm password” to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.

Next, select your country or region, insert your date of birth and select your sex. After that, you will have to enter a mobile phone number to help keep your account secure and help recover your password if you forget. You also have the option of adding an alternative email address for the same purpose.

Lastly, enter the text code to prove that you’re not a robot, and click “Creat account”. You can now access your Outlook email and use it to send messages to all of your contacts.

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