How to create an e-mail account

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope
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E-mail is a great way to send and receive information over the Internet. However, as there are many different e-mail and webmail clients, the steps used to start an account differ. To learn how to create a new e-mail account (and associated e-mail ID) in various programs, choose from the list below and follow the instructions.

Google Gmail logo

Google Gmail

  1. Go to the Gmail website.
  2. At the bottom of the sign in screen, click the Create an account link on the Gmail sign in screen. link.
  3. On the account creation screen, fill out all the fields (A) and then click Next (B).z

Account creation screen in Gmail.

  1. On the next screen, fill out your birth date and gender (A) and any other information you are comfortable with, then click Next (B).

Second screen for creating a Gmail account.

  1. Read Google's Privacy and Terms, then click the I agree button in Gmail. button.
  2. Click the Next button in Gmail. button until you've moved through the features menu.
  3. Click the Go to gmail button. button, allowing you to access your new account.
Microsoft Outlook logo (formerly Hotmail)

  1. Open an Internet browser and head to
  2. Click the Create free account button on button.
  3. On the next screen, choose a username (A) and a domain (B), and then click Next (C).

Create account prompt on

  1. Choose a password, and then click the Next button on button.
  2. Type your name, and then click the Next button on button.
  3. Choose a country, type in your birthdate, and then click the Next button on button.
  4. Choose a country code, type in a phone number, and then click the Send code button on button.
  5. Enter the access code and click the Next button on button.
  6. Navigate through the rest of the prompts and your account is opened.
Yahoo! mail logo

Yahoo! Mail

To access Yahoo! mail, you need to create a Yahoo! account. Here's how.

  1. Navigate to the Yahoo! account sign up page.
  2. Fill out the required fields (A) and then click the Continue (B) button.

Page users enters their personal information to sign up for a Yahoo! account.

  1. Click the Text me an Account Key button on Yahoo! button.
  2. Enter the five-digit key, and then click the Verify button on Yahoo! button.
  3. Click the Continue button on Yahoo! button.
  4. Click the Icon that opens Yahoo! mail. icon.
Microsoft Outlook logo

Microsoft Outlook


These instructions only work with Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013.

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. In the Add Account Setup window, make sure the circle next to E-mail Account is selected.
  3. Fill out the form, and then click the Next button on Outlook mail. button.
  4. Once the setup process is done, check the box next to Change account settings, and then click the Next button on Outlook mail. button.
  5. Click More settings.
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Next to Root folder path: type Inbox.
  8. Click OK, and then Finish.
Thunderbird logo

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Click Tools, and then select Account settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
  3. Click the circle next to Email account and then click Next.
  4. Enter your name and an e-mail address that you want to use.
  5. Select POP or IMAP for your server.
  6. Enter your e-mail address for the incoming and outgoing user names, and then click Next.
  7. Choose an Account Name.
  8. Verify your account information and then click Finish.
  9. Choose an Outgoing server.