Blimey, that was quick! Thanks so much CJ. I do tick the 'remember me' tickbox and just tried doing that before I asked for a desktop shortcut from my hotmail inbox, but nothing changed. I know it would be no problem if I just stayed logged on all day and reducing the hotmail inbox window, but I cannot stop myself hitting the X because I have been using outlook express for years so was always online. I now go to Hotmail in the sky and use that accoung as we spend a lot of time in France and I can of course access my emails from anywhere with hotmail. As I said, the link which takes me direct to the inbox has the windows logo, whereas the one which does not shows a little orange envelope with hotmail on it. Curious. No big deal, but you knw how it is with the little things that irritate you, especially as it is the new laptop I shal be taking to France next month!