How do I sign in to my Microsoft account?

Your Microsoft account is the email address you use, along with your password, to sign in to any Microsoft program or service, such as Outlook.com, Hotmail, Messenger, OneDrive, Xbox LIVE, or Office Live.

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To sign in to a Microsoft web service

  1. Go to the Microsoft account sign-in page or any Microsoft website you want to sign in to.

  2. Enter your email address and password.

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    If your Microsoft account is already saved on the sign-in page, select it, and then enter your password if it's not already saved.

  3. To save your Microsoft account and password on your computer so that you don't have to reenter them every time you sign in, select the Keep me signed in check box.

  4. Click Sign in.

Notes

  • If the sign-in page is showing a different Microsoft account than the one you want to use to sign in, click Sign in with a different Microsoft account.

  • Help protect your personal information. If you're using a shared computer, such as a computer in a school or library, don't select the Keep me signed in check box.

  • To learn how to sign in by using a single-use code, see What is a single-use code?

  • If you forgot your password, see How do I reset my password?

To sign in to a Microsoft program on your computer

  1. Open the Microsoft program you want to sign in to.

  2. Enter your Microsoft account and password.

  3. To save your Microsoft account and password on your computer, select Remember my ID and password.

    You won't need to re-enter this information the next time you sign in.

  4. To sign in automatically whenever you open a Microsoft program on your computer, select Sign me in automatically.

    You won't be prompted to sign in again when you open Microsoft programs on your computer.

  5. Click Sign in.

Notes

  • To stop saving your Microsoft account on your computer, select the Forget me check box on the sign-in page. To get to the sign-in page, first sign out by clicking your name in the upper-right corner of a Microsoft program, and then clicking the link to sign out. Click Sign in, enter your email address and password, and then select the Forget me check box.

  • To stop being signed in automatically when you open Microsoft programs on your computer, first sign out by clicking your name in the upper-right corner of a Microsoft program, and then clicking the link to sign out. Click Sign in, enter your email address and password, clear the Sign me in automatically check box, and then click Sign in.