When you are reading your email messages inside Windows Live Hotmail (from a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox), you will see a listing of emails for the folder you are selected. If there are more messages than Hotmail can display at any given point, you will see navigation arrows displayed at the bottom of the folder view. Currently, Hotmail will show a maximum of 35 email messages per page. But can you change the number of emails per page in your Hotmail account?
The reason Hotmail keeps at 35 the number of email messages shown per page is simply to avoid having a tiny scrollbar to deal with when trying to find old emails. But, unlike some other webmail providers like Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail doesn't currently offer a dedicated setting that allows you to control how many messages are visible per page; instead, it offers the ability to sort your emails (which makes it easier to find an email from someone in particular, or sent during a particular time range), the ability to search and find emails inside your inbox and other email folders, and the ability to create folders and subfolders to sort your email messages.
If you notice that you cannot load the next screen of email messages, it may well be because you have less than 36 emails, which means that Windows Live Hotmail can show them all inside a single page; if this is the case for the email folder in which you happen to be, you'll see the page navigation controls as grayed out, or disabled:
While configuring how many emails are visible per screen will potentially be added as a new feature in a future iteration of Hotmail, you can have that functionality right now simply by setting up you Hotmail account inside an email program (ideally, Windows Live Mail, also made by Microsoft, which tightly integrates with Windows Live services like Hotmail, unlike any email client currently does). So, if you do need to be able to increase or decrease the amount of mail you see per screen, you can setup Hotmail in one of these email programs, something we'll show you how to do in upcoming tutorials.