If you need to check your emails without leaving any traces on the computer you are using (presumably a public computer, or someone else's machine), you can anonymously login to your Windows Live Hotmail account in several web browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Privately sign in to Hotmail and check your emails without leaving traces
Here are ways to sign in anonymously to Hotmail from the 5 most popular browsers:
- Internet Explorer: (Windows only)
Internet Explorer 8 includes the "InPrivate" browsing mode, which lets you surf the web without leaving any traces behind you; it is available for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. To quickly check your Hotmail account incognito, just press Ctrl+T to open a new tab, and click on the "Open an InPrivate Browsing window" link. Then, proceed as usual and sign in to your Hotmail account: when you close the InPrivate window, everything is erased.
- Mozilla Firefox: (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Firefox includes a similar feature, called "Private Browsing" - just click on the Tools menu, and choose "Start Private Browsing". Then, type "www.live.com" or "www.hotmail.com" to get to the Hotmail sign in screen; when you are finished, and want to return to your normal Firefox browsing session, just go to Tools > Stop Private Browsing. (You can tell that you are in private browsing mode by looking at the title bar, which says "(Private Browsing)".)
- Google Chrome: (Windows, Mac, Linux)
In Chrome, private browsing is called "Incognito": to login to your Hotmail account without leaving any traces in history nor cookies behind you, click on the "wrench" menu, and choose "New incognito window". You can recognize private browsing in Chrome by the "detective" or "spy" icon it displays in the top left corner of the window that opened:
- Safari for Windows or Mac: (Windows and Mac)
In Safari, go to the Edit menu, and choose "Private Browsing" to start surfing the web without leaving any traces. Then, go to Hotmail and login anonymously. Unlike the browsers mentioned above, it does not open a new window: instead, it just "turns on" private browsing, and will remove any history or cookies left when you close it next. To return to normal browsing mode, just uncheck "Private Browsing" from the Edit menu.
- Opera browser: (Windows, Mac, Linux, and more)
In the Opera web browser, click on the "Menu" icon, choose "Tabs and Windows", and then "New Private Tab" or "New Private Window" - if you are showing the classic menus, these options will be under the File menu. Then, go to the Hotmail sign in screen, and login anonymously; you can recognize a private window/tab with its "Do not disturb" sign:
Tip: To download the latest version of any of the web browsers mentioned on this page, for your operating system, please see our List of web browsers supported by Windows Live Hotmail. (They are all free to download and use.)
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