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Chapter 3. Managing E-mail Accounts > Accessing E-mail Accounts

Accessing E-mail Accounts

If you have two or more e-mail accounts, one of these accounts is the default Outlook normally uses to send outgoing messages and receive incoming messages. You can, of course, specify an account other than the default account at the time you instruct Outlook to begin processing (sending and receiving) messages.

To identify and possibly change the default e-mail account used for processing messages, select Tools, E-mail Accounts to display the window previously shown in Figure 3.1. In that window, select View or Change Existing E-mail Accounts and click Next to display the window shown in Figure 3.10.

Figure 3.10. This window lists all your e-mail accounts.


The window shown in Figure 3.10 shows the default account at the top with the word "default" at the right of the account name. To make a different account the default, select that account and click Set as Default. As soon as you do that, Outlook reorders the list so that the new default account is at the top of the list.

If you instruct Outlook to process messages from all accounts, it processes messages from the default account first and then messages from other accounts in the order those accounts are listed in the window previously shown in Figure 3.10. You can change the order in which accounts are listed by selecting an account in that window and then clicking Move Up or Move Down. If you move an account to the top of the list, that account becomes the default.

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