With the release of the new Outlook.com email service, many users will be faced with a decision to switch from their old Hotmail address to a new Outlook.com email address or create a new Outlook.com email address that points to their old Hotmail account. Many users who do not feel like telling everyone they have a new email address should probably take the second option which is also known as an alias. We will walk you through the steps to create an email alias in Outlook.com
If you want to keep your old Hotmail address but reserve a Outlook.com address that will forward emails to your Hotmail account, follow these steps.
When you log into Outlook.com with your old Windows Live credentials you should receive the upgrade to the new interface. In the top right corner is the settings button click it. When the drop down menu appears click “More Mail Settings”
Once you are in the menu on the left hand side click “Create a Outlook Alias”
On the next screen, you can now type in the Outlook.com email address you want to use. When you are satisfied simply hit the “create an alias” button. Emails sent to that address will show up in your Hotmail email.
Once you have selected your Outlook Alias you will presented with two options. Either have the emails from your alias show up in your Hotmail Inbox or have the emails show up in a separate folder. This decision is really just personal preference.
When you are done you will either see new emails in your inbox or a new folder for the emails in the list to the left.
When you are done you should get an email confirming your Outlook.com alias is ready. Here are the tips:
- To send email messages from this alias, click on your address (above the To line in the message) and select your alias from the list.
- If you set up a separate inbox folder for your alias, messages sent to that alias will go there. Otherwise, messages sent to your alias will go to your regular inbox.
- Remember, you can’t sign in to your account with your alias; you’ll need to sign in with your regular address.