Today you will learn the various aspects including how to customize the account by choosing a language, settings up an email signature, sort emails using filters, set up vacation replies (autoresponders), weed off junk and spam messages, set up mobile alerts and much more.
To open the Hotmail settings section, click on the Options link located right under the “sign out” link. The three basic settings in the drop down allow you to change interface language, Hotmail account theme (colors and associated images) and the reading pane position. However, there is a lot more hidden under the hood. Now, click on “More Options” to display the full Hotmail settings page. Now do you see the whole gamut of options available to you? Let us take a quick look at each.
Let is begin managing your account, view and edit your personal information – this takes you to the Windows Live page that allows you to modify account details like changing the Hotmail password, security question, upload picture or photo, etc. Now, send and receive mail from other e-mail accounts, Hotmail lets you send and receive emails from other accounts. This means you can save previous time by having emails from different accounts arrive at Hotmail.
You can also forward mail to another e-mail account. Emails from Hotmail can only be forwarded to other domains owned by Microsoft such as another Hotmail.com address, msn.com, live.com or a Windows Live Custom Domain. Furthermore, you do need to log in at least once in 120 days to keep your account active. In my opinion, forwarding settings and options are much better in Gmail from Google than Hotmail.
When you are away and on vacation, you can also send automated vacation replies. This is a more simple and nice feature that lets you send automated replies. To know more, please refer – automated email reply in Hotmail.
Now, Junk e-mail, Filters and reporting – the Hotmail automated Junk email filter works on a community effort and requires your help too. At times, spam or phishing scams might escape this filter and land in the inbox. If this happens, instead of quickly deleting the message, it is suggested that you mark the message as Junk which improves the automated filter. You can also configure the different settings of this filter and change its “strength”.
You can manage your Safe Senders, Safe Mailing and Blocked Senders lists through this link. Emails from Safe senders will never be sent to the “Junk” folder while those in the Blocked senders will always be deleted.
You may also customize your mail, select language, choose a language for the Hotmail interface. Also, Reading pane settings – you have to modify the reading pane settings and choose if you want to see it at all!
The Personal e-mail signature, do create a Hotmail email signature that’s appended at the bottom of emails you send from your account.
By default, all emails you send from your Hotmail account are automatically saved in the “Sent” folders. You can quickly change this so that outgoing email copies are no longer retained in your account.