How do I access my old hotmail account?

Hello!  I have not accessed my old Hotmail account in some time.  Now I need to, but Hotmail takes me to a new, empty Outlook account instead.  Googling tells me I should sign in to Hotmail with my old e-mail address and password, but I cannot find an option in Outlook to do that.  Everything I try just keeps taking me to the new, empty account.  How do I get back to the old one?  How do I get to an Outlook/Hotmail login screen that does not take me to my new, now apparently the default account?

In case anyone else has the same issue, and finds this thread--I have the answer.  While I can't log in to the old account (there is no login screen that comes up except the one for the new account), once I'm logged in to the new account, I CAN link the old account to it.  Just follow the prompts for adding another e-mail account, and put in your old account e-mail.  I put mine in a new personal folder, and presto!  Well, not quite--I have thousands of old e-mails in that account, so the transfer took a while.  But they're all there now!

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* Added in December 2019.

* Additional info on adding/linking an account.

Cog icon > View all outlook settings > Sync email > Other email accounts > enter Name, Address & Password. With a Hotmail/ account you will probably not have to enter POP/IMAP settings. 


* Added in May 2020

Open a private browsing session, go to , and sign in with another account.

A different browser can also be used to access another account.

A connected account will use the same user name and signature.

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