How to sign in to or out of outlook.com

Signing in and out of Outlook.com is a straightforward process, but the options can vary depending on your current situation. Here’s a breakdown for both scenarios:

Signing In:

  1. Go to the Outlook.com sign-in page: Visit https://outlook.com/ in your web browser.
  2. Enter your credentials: In the designated fields, type your email address or phone number associated with your Outlook.com account, then click “Next.”
  3. Enter your password: On the next page, provide your password and click “Sign in.”
  4. Optional: Two-factor authentication: If you have two-factor authentication set up, follow the prompts to complete the verification process (e.g., entering a code received via SMS or authenticator app).
  5. Keep me signed in (optional): You can choose to stay signed in for continued access on that device. However, for security reasons, this is not recommended on shared computers.

Signing Out:

  1. Access your account picture: Click on your profile picture or initials in the top right corner of the Outlook.com interface.
  2. Select “Sign out”: A drop-down menu will appear. Choose the “Sign out” option.
  3. Close browser windows: Remember to close all open browser windows to ensure you’re fully logged out.

Additional Tips:

  • If you don’t see your profile picture, ad blocking software might be interfering. Temporarily disable it or access the “Account manager” directly at https://account.microsoft.com/.
  • To prevent automatic sign-in, deselect the “Keep me signed in” checkbox when entering your password.
  • If you need help with forgotten passwords or account recovery, Microsoft provides support resources on their website.

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