How to make a microsoft account in a few simple steps

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Introduction

Before you can use Microsoft's online tools & services, you'll need a miễn phí Microsoft account.

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In this lesson, you'll learn how khổng lồ create your own Microsoft account và how to navigate Microsoft's various online services. You'll also learn how to customize your profile page.

Creating a Microsoft account

If you have a Hotmail trương mục or any tài khoản that lets you use any other Microsoft service, like OneDrive or XBox Live, you already have a Microsoft account—just sign in with your existing tài khoản information.

To create a Microsoft account:The sign up khung will appear. Follow the directions và enter the required information, such as your name, birth date, and gender.


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Entering your information
Your Microsoft account is now created, & the account settings page will appear.
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The Microsoft account settings page

Just like with any online service, it's important khổng lồ choose a strong password—in other words, one that is difficult for someone else to lớn guess. For more information, check out our Password Tips lesson.

Getting started

After you create a Microsoft account, you'll be taken to lớn the Microsoft account settings page. Khổng lồ use the features & services of your Microsoft account, such as OneDrive or Messenger, you will first need to access your profile page.

To access the profile page:Locate và select the profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then select Edit profile from the drop-down menu.


Accessing the profile page
The profile page will appear. From here, you can access the toolbar, which will help you navigate Microsoft's online services.


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The profile page
To use the toolbar:Click the drop-down arrow in the top-left corner to xuất hiện a menu of Microsoft services: Mail (either Outlook or Hotmail), People (contacts), Calendar, & OneDrive (previously called SkyDrive). Simply click the service you want to lớn use to lớn get started.

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Using the drop-down arrow to access Microsoft services
Click the icons in the top-right corner to access Messenger, your profile settings, and the Gear icon, which controls individual settings for each Microsoft service.


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Top-right toolbar icons

Setting up your profile

Once you've phối up your Microsoft account & become familiar with the toolbar, you might want lớn customize and địa chỉ cửa hàng information khổng lồ your personal profile.

As you learned in Lesson 1, your profile is a personal information page linked khổng lồ your Microsoft account. Your profile can contain:

Basic information, like your birth date & genderAdditional contact informationPersonal information about your work, social life, và nhatroso.comcationConnections to lớn social networking sites lượt thích Facebook

Filling in your profile is completely optional, and it's advisable not to địa chỉ too much detailed personal information. However, filling in a little information can be useful in some situations. It's all about deciding how much you want to lớn share.


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A profile with minimal information

To learn more about what personal information it's safe to lớn include in your profile, kiểm tra out our lesson on Smart Social Networking và Communication Tips.

To access and edit your profile, click the profile icon in the upper-right corner, then select Edit profile from the drop-down menu.
Accessing the profile page
To địa chỉ cửa hàng a profile picture:Navigate to lớn your profile page, then locate and select Change picture.
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Changing a profile picture
The profile picture page will appear. Click the Choose File button.
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Clicking Choose File
A dialog box will appear. Locate và select the desired picture, then click Open.
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Selecting a profile picture
Your picture will appear. If you want, you can drag and resize the box to crop your image. As you crop your picture, a preview of the cropped image will appear lớn the left.
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Cropping the picture
When you are satisfied with the cropped picture, click Save. Your profile picture will be saved.
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Saving the profile picture
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