Delete Email Accounts in Outlook, Windows Live Mail, etc.

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Deleting an account from Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, or Outlook Express is extremely easy. You might want to do this if you no longer wish to use that program to get your mail or if you don't use the account anymore.

There are a few different Microsoft email clients and each of them work a bit differently, so make sure you're following along with the same email client you're using.

If you're not using a Microsoft email program, the settings are most likely in a similar area.

Note: The instructions below are not for deleting or canceling your email account. To do that requires that you log on to your account through a web browser and access your account settings to permanently delete your account and all your emails.

Remove Email Accounts From Microsoft Outlook

If you're not sure which set of instructions to follow, you can see which version of MS Office you have installed. If the version starts with "16," then you have Office 2016. The other versions use a smaller number, like "15" for 2013, etc.

Microsoft Outlook 2016 and 2013:

  1. Open the FILE > Account Settings > Account Settings... menu.
  2. Click once on the email account you want to remove.
  3. Choose the Remove button.
  4. Confirm that you want to delete it with the Yes button.

Microsoft Outlook 2007:

  1. Find the Tools > Account Settings menu option.
  1. Choose the Email tab.
  2. Select the email account that should be removed.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Confirm with a Yes.

Microsoft Outlook 2003:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose E-Mail Accounts.
  2. Pick the option called View or change existing e-mail accounts.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Choose which email account to remove.
  5. Click Remove.

Delete Email Accounts in the W10 Mail App

These steps are only valid for the Windows 10 Mail app:

  1. Click or tap the settings/gear icon on the bottom left side of the program.
  2. Choose Manage Accounts from the menu to the right.
  3. Open the account you want to remove from Mail.
  4. In the Account Settings screen, choose Delete account.
  5. Hit the Delete button to confirm.

Other Microsoft Email Clients

If you don't have Microsoft Outlook or the Mail app, follow one of these guides for an older Microsoft email client:

Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail

  1. Open the Tools > Accounts menu.
  2. From the Mail tab, click the email account that should be deleted.
  3. Choose Remove.

Windows Mail

  1. Access the Tools > Accounts... menu.
  2. Choose the account you no longer want.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Confirm by choosing the OK button.
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