Setup Windows Live Mail To Access Hotmail

If you are laptop/PC user you probably prefer to use an email client  rather than a web browser to access your Hotmail or account.

Windows live mail accesses your Hotmail or account using the same protocols as a web browser i.e. http, and not IMAP4 or Pop3 which are common for other accounts like Gmail and Yahoo Mail.

Account Setup

To set up access to your  account  you need to  click the sign in icon on the top right of the menu bar..


Then enter your email address and password into the sign in window.


The sign-in icon will change and you will be signed into your online hotmail/ account


A new account will be created and appear in the left column.

The folder that you see under the account, and the emails you see are exactly the same as if you were to login to your account using your web browser.

In addition

  1. Contacts from your or account are synchronised to your Windows Live mail client and vice versa.
  2. Your calendar appears under calendars on the Windows live mail client and is synchronised.

Setting As Default Account

If you are accessing multiple email accounts then you will need to set a default email account.

The  first account you created is usually the default account.

To set your new account as the new default account click on menu>Options>Email accounts.


Then highlight the account you want to use as the default, and then click on Set as Default



If you click on Calendars then you should see several calendars which are all enabled by default.

They should also be assigned different colours which you can change.

The Calendar appears on the right and, by default, displays all of the events from all of the enabled calendars.


The calendar is synchronised with the account, and is the one you should use.

The other calendar is local,and can be used without an online account.

Disconnecting From

You don’t need to stay signed in to your hotmail or account.

You can disconnect from the account, and even sign into another account, if you have one , by clicking on the sign-in/sign-out icon and choosing your option from the drop down links.


This YouTube video cover the main points from above.


Windows Live Mail gives you easy access to your or hotmail email and calendars and is the ideal client for using with any of these accounts.

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