Set Sign In Options

Topic Last Modified: 2009-07-01

On the Options tab of the Microsoft Online Services Sign In application, you can select personal preferences and advanced options for the Sign In application.

To provide the best user experience, the first three check boxes in the Sign In Preferences section are selected by default. This is because Microsoft Online Services provides optimal performance when you are signed in through the Sign In application.

Caution 
The “Automatically sign me in” option is recommended only on a computer where you have an individual Windows account. If others have access to your computer, you should clear the first three check boxes to help prevent others from accessing your Microsoft Online Services account.

Set basic options

In Sign In Preferences, you can select basic sign-in options and change your password.

To go to the Basic Options page

  1. In the Sign In application, click the Options tab.

  2. On the Options tab, click Sign In Preferences.

Sign In Preferences

Item Information
Remember my user name Select this option to avoid entering your user name each time you sign in.
Remember my password Select this option to avoid entering your password each time you sign in.
Automatically sign me in Select this option to sign in automatically when you open the Sign In application.
Automatically start when Windows starts Select this option to start the Sign In application automatically when you turn on your computer.
Minimize to the notification area when I am signed in Select this check box to minimize the Sign In application as soon as it starts and move it to the notification area. The notification area is located at the far right of the taskbar, near the clock.
Change password Click this link to go to the Change Password page.

Set advanced options

In Advanced Options, you can select additional options for the Microsoft Online Services Sign In application.

To go to the Advanced Options page

  1. In the Sign In application, click the Options tab.

  2. On the Options tab, click Advanced Options.

Advanced Options

Item Information
Notify me when an update of the Sign In application is available Select this option to receive notification when an updated version of the Sign In application is available.
Check for updates now To check for an updated version immediately, click Check for updates now. Results appear in the notification area.
Notify me when a new application configuration is available Select this option to receive notification when new application configurations are available.
Check for new configurations now To check for new configurations immediately, click Check for new configurations now. Results appear in the notification area.
Enable data logging for troubleshooting Select this option to allow the Sign In application to record data for troubleshooting purposes.
Reconfigure my desktop applications If your service applications are not performing reliably, click Reconfigure my desktop applications. Reconfiguring your applications may improve performance.

See Also

Tasks

Change Your Password

Concepts

About Passwords in the Sign In Application