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Changing Your Hotmail E-mail Address: Yes or No?

Friday, March 7th, 2008 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help
 
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Q:
Is there any way I can change my Hotmail e-mail address? I want to make it sound a little more professional, but I’m not sure where to begin. Can you please help?

A:
I surely can, but I’m not promising you’ll like what I have to say. Allow me to explain! I’m a fellow Hotmail user as well and I have often wondered about this myself. When I first set up my Hotmail account, I was much younger and I wasn’t really thinking about how I would want my e-mail address to sound five years down the road. Therefore, my current address is a little on the goofy side and I’ve wanted to change it numerous times. I’m sure any of you who use Hotmail have been in the same boat, am I right?

Well, you might as well get comfy, because it looks like you’re going to be there for a long time. Unfortunately, Hotmail does not provide you with the means to change your e-mail address on a whim. The one you have is the one you’re stuck with until you either create a whole new account or change e-mail providers. Now, I know when you first created your Hotmail account, you probably did it so fast, you weren’t even thinking about what you really wanted your address to be. Either that or the name you did want was already taken. And while it seems a little unfair to have the same address forever, Hotmail has to do what they have to do.

Since everyone has to have a different e-mail address, Hotmail can only allow one name per person. Otherwise, everyone would be changing their e-mail address on a regular basis and they would run out of options for new users. I know there are several combinations you can use to create an e-mail address, but if every single Hotmail user in the world changed their address even once, new users wouldn’t have much to choose from. And that’s why Hotmail has to lay down some guidelines for you to follow.

Now, like I said before, there is one way around this. If you want to take the time to create a whole new Hotmail account, you can change your e-mail address. But, before you go and do that, allow me to take you through the process. First of all, you have to click on the Sign Up button on Hotmail’s homepage, which will lead you through the beginnings of creating a new account. You can then select your new address. And to that, I say good luck! You may not be able to use your first choice and it might be a little difficult to find an alternative you like that hasn’t already been used.

Once you finally find a new name, you then have to create a new password, a new secret question and you have to provide an alternate e-mail address where your password can be sent if you ever happen to forget it. After all that, your new account will be created and you can then start to use it. But remember, your old e-mail address still exists as well. Because of that, you’ll have to go in and transfer all your contacts, all your saved e-mails, you’ll have to tell all your friends and family that your address has changed and you’ll have to update all the services you use online with your new address. Plus, you have to go through the hassle of deleting your old account, which can take some time as well. Wow, that sounds like a lot of work to me!

As you can see, changing your Hotmail account may not be worth it. And just for your information, the same goes for any free e-mail account, such as Yahoo!, Gmail, etc. It applies to several paid services as well. So, if you desperately want to change your e-mail address, you can go ahead and do so, but you better make sure it’s one you’ll want to keep for a very long time. Otherwise, you might as well just stick with the one you have!

~ Erin

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