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    Possible to pin Outlook and search function to the taskbar?

    Dell Windows 8.1 laptop

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    This has been set up but the person has to go to the Windows icon in the lower left corner, select search, enter outlook into the search box, select outlook further down the list; click on Microsoft.com/en-us/outlook.com and her email opens.
    --- Is there a shorter way to access her free outlook email account?
    --- I've tried to pin it to the task bar but cannot figure out how to do so

    Also is it possible to pin the search feature in the task bar?

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    Cmptrgy,

    You can definitely pin Outlook to Win 8.1 taskbar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmptrgy View Post
    click on Microsoft.com/en-us/outlook.com and her email opens.
    In some program or a web browser?

    (Doesn't appear to be a good URL.)

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    Outlook email free?????
    Never heard of that, usually Outlook [part of Microsoft Office suite or stand-alone] is rather costly.

    But I agree, should be no problem to right-click its icon/shortcut and Copy then Paste to the Desktop then drag to the Taskbar. Might have to right-click the Taskbar and Unlock it first. The icon/shortcut right-click menu may even have Pin to the Taskbar on it, click that.

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    RG I was surprised I couldn't do so because I know what you mean and I have done that for a few friends without a problem
    Bruce when I typed Microsoft.com/en-us/outlook.com into my 1st post I did a type: it's actually http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/
    --- I did a search for outlook email free download windows 8 on my home computer and at the top of the resulting list Outlook.com - Microsoft free personal email showed up which resulted in http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/ and when she clicks on Sign In, she's in
    --- Unfortunately that doesn't have an option to pin it to the taskbar but I suspect I should be able to add it to her favorites and she'll have to live with it
    --- This is additional information but things like this drive me crazy: her son set it up when she bought the computer in 2014. She has never used her email account because she didn't know how to access it, doesn't know her password and doesn't have to enter her password: imagine an email account being totally available all this time.

    She doesn't have a Microsoft Office product installed on her computer: all she has is the offer to try Office 365 on a trial period but the free Outlook I mentioned works fine for her.

    So to me the solution at this time is to add http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/to her favorites

    EDIT: Berton I just noticed your post: that's what I was hoping to do but there isn't any icon because Outlook isn't installed on her computer from what I can tell. I'll be meeting with her again this coming Monday.
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    Drag the Outlook site icon from the IE address bar, or just that tab once Outlook.com is opened, and drop it on the task bar (works in Windows 7/8/10):

    How do I pin the Outlook.com Icon to the task bar

    Pin a website to your taskbar (Silverlight video)
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    Berton I just noticed your post: that's what I was hoping to do but there isn't any icon because Outlook isn't installed on her computer from what I can tell. I'll be meeting with her again this coming Monday.
    An example of Microsoft's naming conventions. There was Outlook Express and Outlook and then to confuse it more came outlook.com which is online/Webmail that opens in a browser. Outlook.com is the replacement for Hotmail.com. For the shortcut to Outlook.com or other sites, once on the desired page I add it to the Links bar or Favorites toolbar. I also drag the tiny icon at the left end of the URL/Address in the Address Bar to the Desktop, usually can drag to the Taskbar.

    Your link got broken with the addition of to to it. Try this:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/

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    "Personal and productive email: Outlook.com is a free email service built to keep you connected across your devices with powerful organizational tools and a suite of Microsoft apps and services." is included in http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/. That makes me think it stems from her son's "tools".

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    Pinning http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/ to the taskbar as recommended works on my computer; I don't see why it won't on her computer. Thanks everyone

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    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/ is pinned to the taskbar

    However there is another problem with her free http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/
    --- She hasn't received any emails from the time it was setup
    --- I sent her an email today and it never came in
    --- I tried looking up send/receive options but couldn't find any
    --- Please help

    Note: she doesn't have to enter a password as it's always open (In fact she doesn't even know her password)

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    I'm guessing Microsoft removed the device she uses for Outlook.com from her account.

    From the Microsoft site on trusted devices...

    If you don't sign in to a particular trusted device at least once every two months, we'll automatically remove it from your Microsoft account

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...trusted-device
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    I'm guessing Microsoft removed the device she uses for Outlook.com from her account.

    From the Microsoft site on trusted devices...

    If you don't sign in to a particular trusted device at least once every two months, we'll automatically remove it from your Microsoft account

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...trusted-device
    I've seen the same happen with Office 365 but the time limit was a month, had to reset a couple of clients as they had missed that information in the original install.

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    Outlook.com is what Hotmail.com was, I still use both with different accounts. Most times a Hotmail account will open in Outlook.com.

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    The time limit factor makes sense to me. It appears to me the account was set up around May 2014 if I recall correctly. I'm going to recommend she has her son create a new one for her.

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    She doesn't need a new account.

    If she doesn't know the password, she can do a password reset.

    Once that is done, she can then add the device as trusted to her account.

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