How to Change the Account Order in Outlook

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If you use Outlook to access multiple email accounts, you may wish to see them in a different order. If you are using the unified Inbox in recent Outlook versions, you can receive mail sorted by email account.

Older Outlook Versions Without Unified Inbox

For Outlook versions that didn't use the unified Inbox, the standard order is that your default account is first, followed by the others in alphabetic order. To reorder your email accounts, the simplest way is to rename the accounts starting with a number. Then the alphabetical sorting will result in them being displayed in your preferred order. Here is how to change the names of your Outlook accounts.

Change the Account Order in Outlook 2003

With this version, you were able to change the order of multiple email accounts. To change the order of your email accounts in Outlook 2003:

  • Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
  • Open the Mail item.
  • Select E-mail Accounts from the Mail Setup dialog.
  • In Outlook 2003:
    • Make sure View or change existing e-mail accounts is selected.
    • Click Next.
  • Use the Move Up and Move Down buttons to change the processing order as desired.
  • Click Close or Finish.