Hotmail Outlook Configuration - Getting Outlook Ready


The last step in doing this Hotmail Outlook configuration: getting Outlook ready to talk to your Hotmail account. Once we do this, your Hotmail folders will appear in Outlook, and your Hotmail messages will be synchronized between the two.

The way you do this is slightly different for each version of Outlook you are working with, so I've included separate procedures for each version.

Click one of the following links to jump to the procedure that is right for your version of Outlook:


Configuring Outlook 2003 to Work with Your Hotmail Account

Once you have a Hotmail account that will work with Outlook, follow these steps to configure the Hotmail Microsoft Outlook connection:

  1. In the Outlook main menu, click Tools, then E-mail Accounts. This launches the E-mail Accounts wizard.

  2. Select Add a new e-mail account, then click Next.

  3. Select HTTP, then click Next.

  4. In the HTTP Mail Service Provider box, select Hotmail.

  5. Fill in the Your Name field.

  6. Enter your full Hotmail mail address (including the "@hotmail.com") in the E-mail Address field. When you do, that information automatically appears in the User Name field as well.

  7. Enter your Hotmail password in the Password field.

  8. Set the Remember password checkbox so Outlook can check your Hotmail account without you having to manually enter your password each time it tries.

  9. Make sure that the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) box is not set.

  10. click Next, then Finish.

When you are done configuring Outlook, press CTRL-1 to go to the Mail view.

Next press F9 to send and receive all mail. This sets up Hotmail folders and downloads messages. Seeing the Hotmail folders in your Navigation Pane will show that you were able to successfully configure Outlook for Hotmail.

Outlook and Hotmail are now talking to each other properly. The Hotmail Outlook configuration is now complete.

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Configuring Outlook 2007 to Work with Your Hotmail Account

If you are using Outlook 2007, follow these steps to configure a Hotmail Outlook connection:

  1. In the Outlook main menu, click Tools, then Account Settings. This opens the Account Settings dialog box.

  2. On the E-mail tabbed page, click New to launch the Add New E-mail Account wizard.

  3. On the Choose E-mail Service screen, select Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP, then click Next.

  4. On the Auto Account Setup screen, enter your name (as you want it to appear in the From field of messages) into the Your Name field.

  5. Enter your full Hotmail e-mail address, which is your username followed by "@hotmail.com", in the E-mail Address field.

  6. Enter your Hotmail password in the Password field.

  7. Enter your Hotmail password again in the Retype Password field.

  8. Click Next. Outlook connects to the Hotmail servers, and assuming you entered your account information correctly, after a moment it displays the Congratulations! screen.

  9. Click Finish. Outlook creates your Hotmail folders. Your account is now configured.

When you are done configuring Outlook, press CTRL-1 to go to the Mail view.

Next press F9 to send and receive all mail. This sets up Hotmail folders and downloads messages. Seeing the Hotmail folders in your Navigation Pane will show that you were able to successfully configure Outlook for Hotmail.

Outlook and Hotmail are now talking to each other properly. The Hotmail Outlook configuration is now complete.

Close this window to return to the page you came from, or use the menu on the left to navigate to a different section of Living With Outlook.