Choosing the Account Used to Send a Message in Outlook

Outlook lets you choose the default account to send messages

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Emails you compose in Outlook are sent using the default account. This default account appears in the From field of new messages you send. If you have multiple email addresses, you can send an email using a different account other than your default.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and Outlook for Office 365.

Choose the Account Used to Send a Message in Outlook

To specify the account from which to send a message in Outlook:

  1. In the New Message window, select From.

    Screenshot of selecting send account in Outlook
  2. Select the desired account from the list. This is the account name that the recipient sees when they receive the email.

If you don't see the account you want to send from in the list, select Other Email Address and search for another account to use as the send from account.

Change the Default Account

If you use a different account more than the one you set up as the default, change the default account to save time and keystrokes.

  1. Go to the File tab and select Info.

  2. Select Account Settings > Account Settings.

    Screenshot of selecting Account Settings in Outlook
  3. Choose the account you want to use as the default send account, then select Set as Default.

    Screenshot of setting default send account in Outlook
  4. Select Close to save your changes and close the window.