How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

Summary: At the end of a job, or after leaving university, your email may not automatically follow you on your next endeavour, but it is possible to ensure they are migrated to another provider.


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    Downloading old email

    Depending on the number of email messages you have in your email inbox and other folders, this may take anything from a few minutes to an hour or so. If it appears to get stuck, hit Cancel all, then head up to the Send/Receive button next to the Outlook logo in the top-left-hand corner of your screen.

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    Set up a new (or existing) Hotmail or Gmail account

    While it is downloading your email, put your time to good use and set up a new Hotmail or Gmail account. You can, of course, use another service, or create your own domain and run it in the cloud — or set up your own private system at home. You may already have an account for which you can use this also.

    As long as you have somewhere else (another email address — old or new) to move your old email items, then you are good to go.

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    Bring the new email account into Outlook 2010

    Now you need to add your new email account to Outlook to transport your old email items over. Simply select File (the orange button) and hit Add account, and run through the process again.

    Be sure to enter the settings from the new email account, too. If you are using Gmail or Hotmail, you can simply type in your name, email address and password and it will do it for you — saving you time and effort.

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