Welcome to Outlook.com

Use Outlook.com to access email, contacts, calendars, and tasks from anywhere. All you need is internet access.

Sign in to Outlook.com by using a Microsoft account, including any Outlook.com, Live, Hotmail, or MSN email account. Having trouble accessing your account? See How to sign in to or out of Outlook.com.

When you sign in to Outlook.com, you’ll go straight to your Inbox.

A screenshot of the Mail interface






Create a new message by selecting New message.


Folders list

The list includes the folders in your mailbox. It may include other folders, such as Favorites and Archive folders.

Choose Expand Expand to show the Folders list, or choose Collapse Collapse to hide it.

Right-click an existing folder and select Create new subfolder.

See Working with message folders in Outlook.com to learn more about available folders.


Search box

In the Search box, type the name or email address of a person or a keyword you want to search for, and press Enter or click The Search icon .

A screenshot shows the Search query box in Outlook.com.


Message list

Messages in the current folder are listed. There might also be a visual alert that a message is unread, has an attachment, or is flagged.

At the top of the message list, you can choose how you want to view the list.

Select Filter and choose from the options All, Unread, To me, Flagged, or Sort by.

Each message also has a mini toolbar. For each message, you can Delete it, Mark as unread, Flag the message, or pin it to Keep this message at the top of your folder.


Reading pane

The message or conversation that you selected appears in the reading pane. Use the command bar above the reading pane to perform common actions such as deleting, archiving, sweeping, moving emails, or categorizing.

A screenshot shows the command bar that appears in the reading pane with options for common actions such as Delete, Archive, and Move to.

Select More More icon to see additional actions—for example, an option to Print a message. If you want to learn about printing, see Print emails and calendars in Outlook.com.

Keep track of appointments, meetings, or any other event from anywhere. Add, edit, or delete events using daily, weekly, or monthly views. For more information about working with calendars in Outlook.com, go to Using the calendar in Outlook.com.

Note: Currently, it isn't possible to search your calendar in the Outlook.com beta. An updated search experience is coming.

A screenshot of the Calendar interface





New event

Create a new event by selecting New event. Then, fill in information about the event.


My calendars

Under Calendars, My calendar is the default selection and displays the calendar in Month view. You can move forward or backward through calendar months using the arrows above the calendar.

You can add other calendars, for example a holiday calendar, by selecting Discover calendars in the left pane. After you add a new calendar, you can choose whether to display it by selecting or clearing the calendar option.

If you decide you don't want the calendar you created, right-click the calendar and select Remove > Delete.


Other calendars

You can view more than one calendar at a time, add other calendars and select which to display, and create new calendars.


View options

Choose your calendar view: Day, Work week, Week, or Month. To return to today's date, select Today on the left side of the command bar above the calendar.


Calendar pane

Select a specific day in the calendar, and any appointment or event scheduled for that day is listed in this area. You also can select a day or time slot and create a new appointment or event.

Use the People page to find, view, create, and edit contacts and contact lists. To learn more about managing contacts in Outlook.com, go to Create, view, and edit contacts and contact lists in Outlook.com.

A screenshot of the People interface





Search box

Start typing in the search box to find a contact or contact list.



A screenshot shows the options available on the People command bar, including New contact, Edit, Delete, Add to favorites, and Manage.

  • Create a new contact by selecting New contact.

  • Create a new contact list by selecting the arrow next to New contact and then New contact list.

Add a contact to your Favorites by selecting a contact in the list, and then selecting Add to favorites. When you add someone as a favorite in People, they'll also show up under Favorites in Mail, and the other way around, provided that the contact has an email address.

To import contacts from other email services, export contacts, or clean up duplicate contacts, select an option from the Manage menu.


My contacts in the left pane

Favorites: Shows contacts you've added as favorites, either in People or in Mail.

All contacts: Shows your contacts from all folders.

All contact lists: Shows your contact lists from all folders.

Contacts under Folders: This is the default folder for contacts and contact lists. Select New folder to create more folders.


Middle pane with list of contacts

Shows contacts or contact lists depending on what you selected in the left pane. Select a contact or contact list to view details in the contact card on the right. You can also select multiple contacts—for example, to send an email to the selected contacts.

For contacts, you can select Filter in the upper right to select what to display in the list and how to sort.


Contact card

See or edit information about the contact or contact list.

Contact someone directly using Start chat or Send email.

See Also

Create, modify, or delete a meeting request or appointment in Outlook.com

Create, view, and edit contacts and contact lists in Outlook.com

Use Tasks in Outlook.com

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