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

Stop Manually Changing the from Field in Outlook

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You can edit the From: line of any Outlook.com email you send easily – one email at a time. If you prefer to set up a default address for the From: line so you don't have to change it manually, you can do that.

Change the Default From: Address in Outlook.com

You may have several email addresses you use with Outlook.com. These are called "connected accounts." You can connect up to 20 other email accounts in Outlook.com to import and manage all your mail in one place. You can use one of these connected accounts or a different email address entirely as your default From address. To designate the email address to be used by default in the From: field in messages you compose using Outlook.com:

  1. Open your Outlook.com Mail screen in any browser.

  2. Click the gear icon in the top navigation bar.

  3. Select Options from the drop-down menu.

  4. Select Mail > Accounts > Connected Accounts in the left panel.

  5. Enter the email address you want to use by default in the From address field in the Default From address screen that opens.

  6. New emails that you send will show this address on the From line. 

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 fly:

  1. Open your Outlook.com Mail screen in any browser.

  2. Click New at the top of the Mail screen to open a new email screen.

  3. Click the arrow next to From near the top left corner of the new email.

  4. Click on the desired connect account address you want to use in the From: line from the drop-down list that appears or type in a different email address.

  5. Continue writing your message as usual and send it.

How to Add Connected Accounts to Outlook.com

To add an account to the connected account list:

  1. Open your Outlook.com Mail screen in any browser.

  2. Click the gear icon in the top navigation bar.

  3. Select Options from the drop-down menu.

  4. Select Mail > Accounts > Connected Accounts in the left panel.

  5. In the Add a connected account section, click Other email accounts.

  6. Enter your Display name, email address and password for the account you are adding in the screen that opens. 

  7. Select an option for where the imported email will be stored by clicking the radio button in front of your preference. You can either create a new folder and subfolders for imported email, or you can import it into your existing folders.

  8. Click OK.