One of the top questions asked on the interest is “how to create an email”. So if you’ve found yourself here because you searched for the answer to that question, you are not alone. It may seem like common knowledge, but with so many email providers and tools, it’s no wonder people just want clear cut answers. In this article, I will detail how to create an email, how to create an email signature, and also how to create an Outlook email account.
When it comes to email providers, the options feel endless. Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail are a few that probably come to mind immediately. They are probably the most popular email providers out there. I personally have an email account with all three providers that I use for different things. If I had to suggest one, I would suggest you create an email account with Gmail. Having a Gmail account just makes using all of the amazing Google tools out there easier, and syncing accounts to your phone easier as well.
If you have a website of your own and want to learn how to create an email at your domain name, I have a tutorial for that as well. You can read that here.
How to Create an Email
Even though I personally prefer Gmail, I am going to walk you through the steps of creating an email with Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail (as well as Outlook below). First, let’s talk about your email address specifically. When email first became a thing it was common to use nicknames, silly sayings, and things that quite frankly made no sense for our email accounts. Let’s not do that anymore, please.
When creating your email account keep in mind all of the potential things you will use this email address for in the future. You will not only give it out to friends and family, but potential employers, doctors offices, and maybe even the cashier at TJ Maxx. So when considering your email address, consider what you’ll be comfortable saying out loud to people and putting on your resume. Years ago I was the manager of a data entry department and frequently hired new employees. Before I even got around to looking at their resume, I saw their email address. I have to tell you, if I received an email from “highchick420” I didn’t look any further. Whether it should or not, what you choose for your email name says something to others about you.
Okay, now that we are past that point, let’s jump into the steps of how to create an email. I will detail Gmail instructions, followed by Hotmail and then Yahoo (because quite frankly, that is the order I prefer these providers in).
How to Create an Email in Gmail
Follow these steps to create a Gmail account:
- Go to Gmail.com and click Create Account
- On the next page, enter your name, desired email address and password. Stop here: write down your password. It’s very easy to forget about 1.5 seconds later. TIP: See that little marked through eyeball icon beside the password fields? That is telling you that as you type your password you will not be able to see it. Sometimes when creating a password it’s easier to see what you are typing. Click that icon and it will make your password visible as you type it.
- Moving on, or maybe not. You may get stuck on this page for a bit. You might know exactly what you want your email address to be, and chances are…it’s already taken. Gmail will let you know on this page when you try to submit and move to the next step. Gmail will also make suggestions of other email addresses that are available. If you like their suggestions, take one. You can also try inserting a period (for example: jessica.lebrun) or changing the order of your name (lebrunjessica, lebrun.jessica, lebrun-jessica). Get creative, but remember you cannot have spaces. Also, Gmail only allows letters A-Z, numbers 0-9 and periods so will have to work within those parameters.
- Once you have found the perfect available email address, you’ll move onto the next page. Here Gmail will ask for your phone number. I recommend providing it, so when you forget your password you can easily reset it. Also, if someone ever tries to sign into your email from an unrecognized device or location, Gmail will alert you. They will also ask for a recovery email address. This is optional, but if you have another email account it can be a good idea to put it in here. This helps if you need to reset your password and want to use email as an option. Sharing your birthday and gender are both optional. Gmail asks for birthday because some Google services have a minimum age requirement, but you can always enter your birthday when prompted if ever using one of those services.
- If you do choose to put in your phone number, you’ll be given the option to verify it. Go ahead and do it now, or you’ll just have to do it later. Click Send.
- You’ll instantly receive a text message with a code that you input into the next screen, then you’re verified.
- On the next page, you can either opt in or out of adding your number across all Google Services, up to you. If you’d rather not, click Skip.
- You’ll be presented with a welcome screen inside your new Gmail email account! Congrats, you now know how to create an email in Gmail!
How to Create an Email in Hotmail
Follow these steps to create a Hotmail account:
- Go to hotmail.com. Click “create one” to create a new account.
- Next you will enter your desired email address. I went over this in the Gmail instructions, but if you didn’t read that part, here it is:
You may get stuck on this page for a bit. You might know exactly what you want your email address to be, and chances are…it’s already taken. Hotmail will let you know on this page when you try to submit and move to the next step. Hotmail will also make suggestions of other email addresses that are available. If you like their suggestions, take one. You can also try inserting a period (for example: jessica.lebrun) or changing the order of your name (lebrunjessica, lebrun.jessica, lebrun-jessica). Hotmail also allows dashes ( – ). You’ll notice that here you also get to choose whether your email is @outlook.com or @hotmail.com. Get creative, but remember you cannot have spaces.
- Next step is simple, enter your name.
- Next, they ask for your Country and birthdate. Unlike Gmail, Hotmail doesn’t explain why they ask for your birthdate. I imagine that reason is the same though, that some Microsoft services have a minimum age requirement.
- Finally, Hotmail needs to make sure you are a real person and not a robot spammer, so you’ll do a little captcha.
- That’s it! Now you know how to create an email account in Hotmail.
How to Create an Email in Yahoo
Follow these steps to create a Yahoo account:
- Go to mail.yahoo.com. Click Sign Up.
- On the next screen you will enter all of your basic info and choose your email address. I went over this in the Gmail and Hotmail instructions, but if you didn’t read that part, here it is: You may get stuck on this page for a bit. You might know exactly what you want your email address to be, and chances are…it’s already taken. Yahoo will let you know on this page when you try to submit and move to the next step. Yahoo will also make suggestions of other email addresses that are available. You will have to click into the email field and look at the drop-down to see their suggestions. If you like one of their options, take one. You can also try inserting a period (for example: jessica.lebrun) or changing the order of your name (lebrunjessica, lebrun.jessica, lebrun-jessica). Yahoo only allows the use of letters, numbers, periods, and underscores ( _ ). Get creative, but remember you cannot have spaces.
- On the next page you’ll be asked to verify your phone number. It’s good to have your phone number connected to your email account for two reasons: Yahoo will notify you if someone tries to login from an unrecognized location, and if you lose your password you can typically reset it by receiving a text or phone call. Your phone number should auto-populate from the previous page, so just click “Text me a verification code”, or choose the “Call me” link if you prefer.
- Within a few seconds you will receive a text. Enter that number/code into the next screen and click Verify.
- As the next page says, congratulations! You now know how to create an email account in Yahoo.
Now that we’ve gone over how to create an email account, let’s talk about how to create an email signature. Even if you aren’t using your email account for professional purposes, you may still want an email signature. Before I used my email account for business, I always loved having my favorite quote in my signature. Below I will walk you through how to create an email signature in Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo.
How to Create an Email Signature in Gmail
Follow these steps to create an email signature in Gmail:
- While logged into your Gmail Account, click on the Gear Icon near the top right. You’ll see a drop-down menu. On that menu, click Settings.
- Scroll down a bit until you see the section called Signature. Here you can type into the text field and customize whatever you want your signature to include. You’ll notice mine has a selection that shows which email this signature is for. That’s just because I have some other email accounts integrated into my Gmail account, so I can send email “from” [email protected] from my Gmail account, for example. If you want to know how to do that integration, click here.
- Use the formatting options above the text field to choose your font type and style, and even create hyperlinks. Once you’re finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
- When you go back to your inbox and compose a new message, you should see your signature there. If there’s anything you want to change just pop back over to your Settings and make adjustments.
How to Create an Email Signature in Hotmail
Follow these steps to create an email signature in hotmail:
- While logged into your Hotmail account, click the Gear icon near the top right.
- A white window will pop-up from the right-hand side. At the bottom, click “View all Outlook settings”.
- You will get a pop-up window with a window on the left-hand side. Click “Compose and Reply”.
- Use the formatting options above the text field to choose your font type and style, and even create hyperlinks. Make sure you choose the settings you would like, for example to automatically include your signature on new messages that you compose, and also if you want the signature included on replies. Once you’re finished, click Save.
- When you go back to your inbox and compose a new message, you should see your signature there. If you want to make any changes, just go back to the settings and make adjustments any time!
How to Create an Email Signature in Yahoo
Follow these steps to create an email signature in Yahoo:
- While logged into your Yahoo account, click on the Gear icon near the upper right-hand corner.
- When the menu pops up, click “More Settings”.
- When the settings window pops up, click “Writing Email”.
- Under Signature, click the icon beside your email address to turn your signature “on”. When you do, a text box will pop up for you to enter your signature in.
- Use the formatting options above the text field to choose your font type and style, and even create hyperlinks. There is no need to “save”. Just head back to your inbox and click Compose to see your new signature. If there’s anything you want to change just pop back over to your Settings and make adjustments.
Now you know how to create an email signature in Yahoo! If you have any questions at all, I am happy to answer whatever I can. Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap!
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and now feel comfortable with how to create an email! If you ever have questions that you would like me to create tutorials on, my nerdy heart would love it if you asked! Leave a comment and if I know the answer, I will create a post about it. Chances are, even if I don’t, I’ll have to figure it out because I like a good challenge!
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Hi, I’m Jessica! I am wife to Chris, and mom to Kaiper, Alana and Koa. I am a graphic designer, website developer and aspiring author. In this space, I share about everything from parenting, working from home, food we cook, and lots of things for kids! Learn more about me here.