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If you can't sign in to your, Hotmail, Live, or MSN email account, or you're not sure how to sign in or sign out, here are some solutions.

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Microsoft always keeps an eye out for unusual sign-in activity, just in case someone else is trying to get into your account. If you're travelling to a new place or using a new device, we might ask you to confirm that it really is you.

Read How to access when traveling for more information. 

If you're unable to sign in, try the troubleshooter below.

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Sign out of Hotmail or

  1. To sign out, go to

  2. Select your account initials or account picture at the top corner of your Inbox.

  3. Select Sign out.


    • If you don't see your picture at the top of screen, check to see if ad blocking is turned on. Sometimes this prevents the picture from showing.

    • If you don't see see Profile or Account options, you can access them at

    • If you don't see Sign Out, you can also Sign out manually. Don't forget to close all browser windows.

If automatically signs you in, turn off automatic sign in.

  1. In, select your account picture at the top of the screen.

    A screenshot of the profile picture button

  2. Select Sign out.

  3. Go to the sign-in page and select Sign in.

  4. Enter your email address or phone number and select Next.

  5. On the Enter password page, clear Keep me signed in.

  6. Enter your password and select Sign in.

Need more help?

If you're still having problems with signing in, read When you can't sign in to your Microsoft account.

See Also

How to sign in to Hotmail

How to access and manage my account

Which browsers work with Office for the web and Office Add-ins

How to sign in to Outlook on the web

Fix account settings being out-of-date in Mail or Calendar

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