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Using Hotmail Instant Actions + Customize settings

The Windows Live team at Microsoft added a brand new feature to Hotmail in mid-December 2011, the awesome "Instant Actions". It is such a simple but powerful feature that it feels strange that we could have lived so long without it! You basically have a configurable set of icons that can appear when you hover your mouse pointer (cursor) above a message inside your inbox or other folders. By default, Hotmail shows three icons for three very common actions: mark the message as Read / Unread, Delete the message, and Flag / unflag the message - an icon which is always visible, and was already there:

Use Instant Actions to mark a message as Read / Unread These actions can still be performed the "classic" way - but they have now become, well, instant! Deletion of messages becomes extremely easy, since you can just click and keep clicking until you find an email to keep - a morning task we all know too well, sifting through newsletters from which we never unsubscribe while looking for a few important emails...

Configuring your "Instant Actions" settings

We won't spend much time on the way these instant actions work, since it is so intuitive: just move your cursor above a message, and click on the corresponding image to perform the action in question - in doubt, hover your mouse pointer above the icon for a couple of seconds, and a tooltip will appear, and explain what the action is.

Follow these steps to customize which Instant Action icons should appear:

Once you are satisfied with the changes you've made to the default instant actions, don't forget to click on the "Save" button at the bottom of the page!

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Tutorial last updated on December 15, 2011
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