As you may already know, you can customize your Windows Live profile and change Hotmail language so that everything visible after you login is in your language of choice. But what about the language for Hotmail Sign in screen? There is a difference: unlike your email account and Live.com profile, the page you use to login to Hotmail doesn't necessarily know who you are. For this reason, it will try to guess what the best language is by determining previous activity, your current location and the language spoken in that region, as well as your operating system's language setting (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) This tutorial will explain how to force the Hotmail sign in page to use the language you want.
This is how Windows Live Hotmail determines in which language to display the login screen:
&") - these are "arguments", which reflect the settings Windows Live has determined best for you, including language:
en-us" is simply the "ISO 639" universal language code to signify American English - in other words, Hotmail sign in has determined that we were in the United States and/or that our copy of Windows 7 was set to "American English" as language.
&mkt=" and the next "
&" ampersand with the language you want to use. The next tutorials explain how to get Hotmail Sign in English version, and how to use Hotmail Sign in Spanish version, two common requests. For other languages (assuming that they are currently supported by the Windows Live Hotmail online service), here is a list of language codes.
hotmail.com/?&mkt=" in your web browser's address bar, and type the correct language code at the end (as shown on the screenshot). The example below shows you how to login to Hotmail using French as default language:
And this is a simple trick that allows you to change Hotmail Sign in language on-the-fly, without affecting your Windows Live profile language settings themselves! You can also learn more about Hotmail.com to make the most of Microsoft's webmail service (online email offerings and other Windows Live services).