Windows 10: How Do You Change Email Aliases in Windows 10 Mail App

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  1.    29 Jul 2015 #1

    How Do You Change Email Aliases in Windows 10 Mail App


    If you have more than one email alias in Outlook.com, with the Windows 8 Mail app you could choose what alias you wanted to send an email from by clicking on 'More' and selecting the address you wanted to use from the drop-down list.

    You could also set which email alias to use as the 'Preferred Email Address' (I.E. Default 'From' email address).

    How do you do this in the Windows 10 Mail App?

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  2.    29 Jul 2015 #2

    I don't know of any way to set the preferred address. But, you have to add your account in the account settings page, then you can click the hamburger button and click on the email address in the left bar to change which account you're currently using.

    I don't think you can choose which account to send the email from in the email composition page, you have to first switch to the account you want, then create a new email.
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  3.    29 Jul 2015 #3

    Mystere said: View Post
    I don't know of any way to set the preferred address. But, you have to add your account in the account settings page, then you can click the hamburger button and click on the email address in the left bar to change which account you're currently using.

    I don't think you can choose which account to send the email from in the email composition page, you have to first switch to the account you want, then create a new email.
    I wonder whether it's something they've just over-looked. I only have one Microsoft Account, the aliases are all under one Microsoft account.
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  4.    29 Jul 2015 #4

    It's not overlooked. It's just that the email app is new and will gain more features over time.

    It doesn't matter if they are aliases to your MSA, they are separate outlook accounts tied to a single MSA.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    This is such a massive fail, I really have no idea how to resolve it other than going back to Windows 8.

    The only reason for using a Microsoft Account in the first place was that it collected emails from different email addresses and synced them all between PC and phone. In Windows 10, not only do Microsoft aliases not even work properly now, but it's also a problem when using a Microsoft Account to send and receive email from paid-for email accounts hosted elsewhere.

    With Windows 8 you could set your Microsoft Account to send and receive from external mailboxes using POP and SMTP, making the Microsoft Account the central hub, but that's useless now. If I go back to using IMAP and locally syncing contacts like before, that would render my Windows Phone useless, as you can't sync calendar/contacts locally via USB, not even with Office Outlook.

    So, this has pretty much stopped me in my tracks now and left me in a rather precarious position. I can't upgrade any other machines to Windows 10, as the Mail app that comes with is unusable. And the question now is what to do with the machine I've already updated to Windows 10? I don't want to go back to Windows 8, only to find that Microsoft release an update for the Mail app in a few days time, but I can't use the Mail app as it is.
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  6.    02 Aug 2015 #6

    It appears it's not just Windows 10 that has this problem, it's also one of the most requested 'Outlook for Android' features too.

    http://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/...-alias-support

    It was marked as 'Under Review' on 28 July 2015, so it's entirely possible that the Outlook team might start working on making a decent Mail app, instead of sitting in the corner eating glue.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Win10 Pro 64, Win7 32, Win8 mobile, Android 4 & 5
       03 Sep 2015 #7

    Looks like a serious piece of regression issue to me.
    I'm confident that the Win8 / 8.1 mail app had the option to select from a drop-down and this is gone in 10.
    The chevron at the box still exists, but it's "greyed out".
    Checked the outlook.com browser version and it's possible to send from any set alias that I have against my main account.
    Outlook 2013 as mail client still allows me to select an alias that used to have Microsoft Account login privileges as well, but sends flat nothing when I select that one.
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  8.    10 Mar 2016 #8

    On the page in outlook.com settings where you set your alias up, the last option there is 'Default "From" address'.

    You're welcome.
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    Win10 Pro 64, Win7 32, Win8 mobile, Android 4 & 5
       10 Mar 2016 #9

    rickwookie said: View Post
    On the page in outlook.com settings where you set your alias up, the last option there is 'Default "From" address'.

    You're welcome.
    Cheers Rick - found that one already.
    I'd expect this sort of feature from inside the app on the "from" field or such and believe, it was there on Win8 / 8.1 mail app.
    Looks like some genius has improved it away and the only way to go is outlook.com through a browser to select a "from" email address.
    This lack of feature makes the Win10 Mail App rather useless because when I need to open outlook.com to switch to a different alias to be used in the mail app, I can just as well stay there and send my mail from there, rather than from the app.
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  10.    10 Mar 2016 #10

    Agreed. Even basic things like send/receive progress is missing from Windows 10 Mail.
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