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Here are some simple instructions for common tasks.
Print an email
Reply all or forward
Write a new email
Attach files or photos
See all your email (turn off message grouping)
Font and signature
Change how your inbox looks
Change your password
Go to People (contacts), Calendar, and OneDrive
Sign in / sign out
Work with folders
Looking for info about your contact list? Go to Contact list management.
On the main menu bar click the … (three dots) symbol and then click Print.
Click the down arrow next to Reply and then click Reply all or Forward.
Click the Options icon , and then click Options.
Under Reading email, click Reply settings.
Under Make "Reply-all" my default response, select Yes, then click Save.
To return to your inbox, click the Outlook logo (upper left).
Click New. To add a recipient, do one of the following.
Click To, and then choose a recipient from the Frequent contacts list.
Click the box just below To, and start entering their name or email address. When the contact you want appears, click it.
For more help with composing email, contact customer support.
Spell check for Outlook.com is provided by your browser.
With most newer browsers, spelling is checked continuously as you write. Words not found in the spell-check dictionary are underlined in red. To take action, right-click the word.
With older browsers like Internet Explorer 7 or 8, you’ll need to run spell check . Click Spell check in the Outlook.com menu bar. When spell check is complete, a message will appear at the bottom of the browser. In the message, words that need your attention are underlined in red. To take action, click the word.
If the correct spelling appears in the list of words, click it.
To have spell check ignore a word it doesn’t recognize in this and all future emails, click Add to dictionary.
To have spell check disregard all instances of the word for this email only click Ignore or Ignore all.
If spell check isn't working, try updating your browser.
Click Insert, and then choose your method.
Files as attachments makes it easy for the recipient to save smaller files to their Desktop.
Use Pictures inline when you want your pictures and text to work together, like a newsletter.
Share from OneDrive sends a link only to the files you choose in OneDrive. Great for photo albums and large files.
Browse to select the file or photo. To insert multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting them.
For more info, see Using file attachments in Outlook.com.
When message grouping is on, you see the most recent email plus headers for earlier emails with the same subject line. To read an earlier email, click the header.
Under Reading email, click Group by conversation and pre-load messages.
Select Show messages individually, then click Save.
To return to your inbox, click the Outlook logo.
Under Writing email, click Formatting, font and signature.
You can change the font you use, and create a personal signature.
To change the size of the font in your inbox, adjust the zoom setting on your browser.
Under Managing account, click Account details (password, addresses, time zone).
Sign in (this helps us protect your account info).
Click Password in the left pane.
Enter your current password,. Enter and re-enter your new password, and then click Save.
If you've lost your password or it no longer works, go to https://account.live.com/pw.
To help foil hackers, you'll need to enter some letters and numbers that are in a picture. The letters aren't case-sensitive. Get more info on how to enter the characters.
On the Options page, you'll find settings to manage your account, write and read email, block junk email, set automatic replies, etc.
For more help with changing settings, contact customer support.
Click the down arrow next to the Outlook logo.
Click People, Calendar, or OneDrive.
To get back to Outlook.com, use the same method.
Go to http://outlook.com and enter your email address and password. If you want to get to your inbox without having to sign in each time, select Keep me signed in.
Click Sign in.
If you’re signing in from a public computer, click Sign in with a single-use code, and follow the instructions on the screen. For more info, see What is a single-use code?
Click your name (upper right), then click Sign out.
To move messages to a folder, do one of the following.
Drag the message header to the folder.
Select the check box for one or more messages, click Move to, and then click the name of the folder.
To move messages with one click, set up an instant action.
To rename a folder, right-click it, then click Rename.
To add a new top-level folder, right-click Folders (upper left), then click Add a new folder.
To add a subfolder, right-click the folder you want the subfolder to live under, then click New subfolder.
To delete a folder, right-click the folder, then click Delete. You can’t delete the Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent, Deleted, or Messaging history folders.
To delete all the messages in a folder, right-click the folder, click Empty folder, and then click Empty.
Get info on how to automatically sort incoming messages into folders.
To see the list of keyboard shortcuts, when you’re in Outlook.com press the Shift + ? (question mark) keys. You can also find the list here.
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