How Do I Sign up for a Gmail Account

"How do I sign up for a Gmail account?" This question pops up often among brand-new Internet users. Gmail is Google's free e-mail service. It allows you to send and receive e-mail, as well as chat online via instant messenger with other Gmail users. Let's take a look at how you sign up.

Go to Gmail. To set up a Gmail account, first you need to open your Web browser, and go to Google. At the top of the Google home page, you will see links to other Google services. One option is Gmail. Click this link, and it will open to a new page. In the lower right corner of the page, there should be a button labeled Create an Account. Click this link, and the page should open with a form for you to fill out.

Create a login name. The login name can be any combination of letters, numbers and certain characters, such as periods and underscores. However, you should choose something that will be easy for you to remember. Underneath the login name field, there is a button labeled Check Availability. You can click this button to find out if the login name you have isn't already taken by someone else.

Choose a password. Once you settle on a login name, you'll be asked to come up with a password. Passwords must be at least eight characters long. The longer you make your password, the more secure it becomes. Combine words and non sequential numbers to make a strong password. You'll have to re-enter your password to confirm it.

Select Web History options. You will also notice a check box labeled Enable Web History. If you check this box, Google will track your Web history and save the URLs to their servers to offer you a more personalized service. Unchecking the box won't change the e-mail service.

Choose a security question. You can choose a security question from a default drop down menu or create your own. Choose an option that you can remember but would be tough for anyone else to answer.

Take the final steps. Lastly, you'll have to pass a word verification screening and agree to the Google terms of service. Once you set up the Gmail account, you'll have your very own Gmail address.

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