LinkedIn: Back to basics

Sometimes we forget about the basics.  I had a request from a friend so I decided to share the same information she needed with you:

If you forget your password, it’s easy enough to reset.

At the login screen – type in your default e-mail address and click on Forgot password?  It is important you put in the same e-mail address you set up your LinkedIn account.  If you would like to change your e-mail address, I will show you how to do that, but for now, you need to put in your original e-mail address.


Once you have logged in, At the top right corner, click on the down arrow next to your name and select Settings



On the next screen, bottom left corner, select Account


Here you will see your LinkedIn basic settings.  You can add additional email addresses, change your default email address, change your password, and more.  This is also where you need to be if you have multiple accounts and need to close one or more accounts.  In fact, feel free to click around here, click on the Add & change email addresses (I would show you a screenshot of mine, but I don’t want to show my active email addresses.  The address shown in this email is not one I check regularly.)

Now that you’ve taken time to familiarize yourself with your LinkedIn basic account settings, now let’s look at the Email Preferences.   If you find you are getting a LOT of notifications, this is where you can tweak your settings.


Like account settings, email preferences is where you want to go if you are experiencing an overabundance of emails:  I would recommend going to Set the frequency of emails first:


If you make any changes here, be sure to SAVE CHANGES when you exit.  I’ll let you familiarize yourself with the rest of the options at your leisure – but be sure to go through them if you feel like you are getting too many emails.

We’ll discuss customizing your Profile and Groups, Companies & Applications in two separate posts at a later date.  I hope this post was helpful for those of you who are just starting out, or who may have not taken the time to go through these settings.

If you have a question, be sure to post on my Facebook fan page, or send me a tweet at @Knikkolette – I’ll write a post to answer your question. 🙂

6 Replies to “LinkedIn: Back to basics”

  1. Like so many other social platforms, LinkedIn does make updates regularly – perhaps to keep up with the competition? Either way – it gives people in the social media industry some job security because the average user doesn’t want to or have time to keep up with all the updates either! 🙂

  2. Knikkolette – Many thanks for this post, which I am sure many will find useful in getting reacquainted with LinkedIn after period away from the network.

    One thing that I think your piece does highlight is just how clumsy and non-intuitive the LinkedIn User Interface actually is. As a person who uses the platform a *lot*, even I have to pause and think before changing my settings as it is not always immediately clear what levels of visibility are being given to which LinkedIn activities.

    I think LinkedIn is brilliant for networking with professional peers and possible clients alike, but I think the time has come for the site to have a big overhaul as it is looking very 2009 to my eyes in both visual appearance and functionality.

    1. Hi Nick, You are so right! LinkedIn’s platform is definitely NOT intuitive and I get questions all the time how to do some of the same things over and over. Some of the changes they DID make, while some may like them – are an annoyance to many others who don’t know how to adjust the settings. Thanks so much for your feedback! 🙂

  3. This post is helpful not only to experienced LI users, but also newcomers. Thanks!

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