Software & Apps MS Office How to Change Your Outlook Password Change or reset your Outlook email password when necessary by Brenna Miles Writer Brenna Miles is a technology writer with a B.A. in Business Management and HR Management. She's been writing about technology for 6+ years. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Brenna Miles Updated on January 23, 2020 MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email Changing your Outlook password periodically is a good practice. And if you forget an Outlook password, you can reset it. Microsoft makes the process simple and straightforward Instructions in this article apply to Outlook accounts. If you need to change your Google or Yahoo email account password, read How to Change Your Gmail Password and How to Change Your Yahoo Password. How to Reset Outlook Password on Mac If you're using a Mac, changing your Outlook password is simple and fast. First, make sure you have the Outlook app open and ready to go. With Outlook open, navigate to the Tools tab. Click Accounts. In the left pane, highlight the account in which you want to change the password. In the right pane, choose a new password and enter it into the Password field. Close the Accounts window and Outlook will save your password automatically. How to Change Outlook Password on Windows Changing your Outlook password on Windows is similar to changing your password on a Mac. To start, open Outlook on your desktop. Go to File > Account Settings > Account Settings. Microsoft Select the account you want to change, then select Change. Microsoft In the Change Account window, update your password. Microsoft Select Close after Outlook completes the test on your account, then select Finish > Close. If you're having trouble accessing services such as Xbox Live or Skype, you'll need to change your actual Microsoft Account password. Why Should You Change Your Outlook Password? It's always a good rule of thumb to change all of your account passwords regularly to combat identify theft, fraud, and hacking. Your Outlook password connects you to your Outlook email, calendar, and other tasks that hold critical information such as: Credit card and purchase informationAddresses and telephone numbersCritical documents such as healthcare correspondencePassword change alerts for social media and other accounts Someone gaining access to your Outlook account is gaining access to a wealth of information that should be under lock and key. To protect yourself, change your Outlook password periodically, even if you haven't forgotten it. Your Outlook account might be one of the most important tools you use on a daily basis. From organizing your calendar to sending an email, Outlook is the complete task management tool.