How to Change the Default From: Address in Outlook.com

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All the emails from all your email accounts arrive at the account and service you like best: Outlook.com. All the emails using all your email addresses are sent from the account and service you like best: Outlook.com.

You have been using email for a long while, of course, and most people you mail are used to using an address different from your Outlook.com address; you need not get used to changing the From: field every time you start a new message, though, in Outlook.com.

Have it use your default address as its default for new emails, too.

Change the Default From: Address in Outlook.com

To choose the email address used by default for the From: field in messages you compose using Outlook.com:

  • Click the gear icon () in your Outlook.com's top navigation bar.
  • Select Options from the menu that has appeared.
  • Follow the Your email accounts link under Managing your account.
  • Choose the email address you want to use as the default in Outlook.com for new messages under Default "From" address.
    • Replies will use the address to which the original message was sent by default (provided that address is enabled for sending in Outlook.com, of course).

Send a New Email or Reply Using a Custom From: Address in Outlook.com

To choose a different address for the From: line of an email you are writing in Outlook.com (on the web):

  • Make sure the address you want to use is set up for sending in Outlook.com.
  • Click your name and email address near the top left when composing an email in Outlook.com
  • Select the desired name and address you want to use in the From: line from the list that has appeared.
  • Continue writing your message and eventually send it.

(Updated October 2014)

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