Software & Apps MS Office Delete Email Accounts in Outlook and Windows Mail Removing accounts gets them out of the app, but the accounts remain intact by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Lisa Mildon Lifewire Tech Review Board Member & Writer Lisa Mildon is a Lifewire writer and an IT professional with 30 years of experience. Her writing has appeared in Geekisphere and other publications. our review board Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Article reviewed on Aug 20, 2020 Lisa Mildon MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email When you remove an account from Microsoft Outlook and Windows Mail, you won't have access to it in that program, and you'll remove the locally stored data. However, you won't delete the account or any messages in it. Deleting an account from a Microsoft email client also deletes the calendar information associated with that account. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook for Microsoft 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Mail for Windows 10 (version 16005). Lifewire / Maddy Price How to Remove an Email Account From Microsoft Outlook Microsoft updates Outlook and Office frequently, so first check to see which version of Microsoft Office is installed. If the version starts with 16, for example, then you have Office 2016. Likewise, earlier versions use a smaller number, like 15 for Office 2013. (The numbers don't always correspond to the year in the software title.) The procedures for deleting email accounts in the various Outlook versions are similar, with some minor exceptions. Go to the File > Info. Select the Account settings drop-down menu and choose Account Settings. Choose the email account you want to remove. Select Remove. Confirm that you want to delete it by selecting Yes. Delete Email Accounts in Windows 10 Mail App Deleting an email account in Mail (the basic email client included with Windows 10) is simple as well: Select Settings (the gear icon) at the bottom of the left pane of the program (or More at the bottom, on a tablet or phone). In the Settings pane, choose Manage accounts. Select the account you want to remove from Mail. In the Account settings screen, choose Delete account. Select Delete to confirm. Delete a Default Account in Window 10 Mail If you don't see the Delete account option, you're likely trying to delete the default mail account. Windows 10 requires at least one mail account, and you can't delete it. However, you can stop receiving and sending mail through it. The account still exists on your computer and with the email service provider, but it will be disabled. Once you disable the account, you no longer receive mail on your computer. Plus, you won't be able to find old emails or the related calendar information on your computer. If you need access to email and dates from an account you deleted from your computer using the above procedures, log in to the email service provider's website. You'll find all your information there. To disable the account: Select Settings (the gear icon) at the bottom of the left pane (or More at the bottom, on a tablet or phone). Choose Manage accounts from the right menu pane. Select the account you want to stop using. Choose Change mailbox sync settings. Under Sync options, turn off the Email toggle switch. Select Done. Select Save.