Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
If your computer is not part of a network, you can access an e-mail server on the
Internet. To do so, you open an e-mail account with a service that provides Internet
access. For example, e-mail accounts are included as part of the subscription fee for
America Online (AOL) and most ISPs. E-mail accounts are also provided free of charge by
advertiser-supported Web sites, such as Yahoo! and Hotmail. After you establish an e-mail
account, you can connect to the Internet, most likely by using a phone line and your
computer’s modem, to send and receive your e-mail messages.
Signing Up for a Hotmail Account
Start Internet Explorer (or any Web browser).
the New Account Sign Up tab to open the Registration page.
Complete the Profile Information and the Account Information sections.
Complete the .NET Passport Profile, and indicate how much information you want
shared with other .NET Passport sites.
button to accept the terms to the agreement.
You address an e-mail message just as you would an ordinary piece of mail. The e-mail
address you enter directs the message to its destination. Your e-mail address is included in
the message as a return address, so your recipients can easily respond to your message.
Anyone who has an e-mail address can send and receive electronic mail. If you work for a
company or attend a school that provides e-mail, there is probably a system administrator
of your e-mail server who will assign you an e-mail address. Other times, such as when
you sign up for a Hotmail account, you create your own e-mail address, though it must
follow a particular format. Figure 15 illustrates a typical format of an e-mail address.
Typical format of an e-mail address
or login ID
name of the
The user name , or login ID, is the name that you enter or are assigned when your e-mail
account is being set up. The @ symbol signifies that the e-mail server name will be provided
next. In the figure, marthakent is the user name and capital-ads.com is the e-mail server.
The easiest way to find an e-mail address is to ask someone. You can also look up an
e-mail address in a LAN or Internet directory. Most businesses and schools publish a direc-
tory listing e-mail addresses of those who have e-mail accounts on their network. Many
Web sites also provide e-mail directories for people with e-mail accounts on the Internet,
When you sign up for an e-mail account, you can send your new e-mail address to
friends, colleagues, and clients. If your e-mail address changes—for example, if you use a
different network or e-mail service—you can subscribe to an e-mail forwarding service so
you don’t miss any mail sent to your old address.