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Deleting E-mail Accounts

As you've seen in this lesson, configuring Outlook with different types of e-mail accounts is a pretty straightforward process. You might also find, on occasion, that you want to delete an e-mail account from the Outlook configuration. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select Tools, E-mail Accounts. In the E-mail Accounts dialog box, select the View or Change Existing E-mail Accounts option button, and then click Next.

  2. The E-mail Accounts dialog box appears as shown in Figure 3.8. To delete an account, select the account, and then click the Remove button.

    Figure 3.8. E-mail accounts are managed in the E-mail Accounts dialog box.

  3. You are asked to confirm the deletion of the account. Click Yes to continue.

You can also use the E-mail Accounts dialog box to edit the settings for any of the e-mail accounts that you have created. Select the appropriate account, and then select the Change button. A dialog box for that specific account opens as shown in Figure 3.9, and you can change settings as required.

Figure 3.9. E-mail accounts settings can be edited using their settings dialog box.


In some cases, you might need to configure special settings for an e-mail account, such as how your computer connects to the Internet when you are using a particular e-mail account. Select the More Settings button on the e-mail accounts settings dialog box. The E-mail Settings dialog box appears for the e-mail account (see Figure 3.10).

The E-mail Settings dialog box has a series of tabs that differ depending on the type of e-mail account you are editing. In most cases (unless your ISP has provided you with special settings information), the only settings you will want to adjust are on the Connection tab, which allows you to specify how Outlook connects to the Internet when you are checking this particular account for e-mail.

After completing the addition of any special settings to the E-mail Settings dialog box, click OK to close it. You are returned to the dialog box for the e-mail account. Click Next to return to the E-mail Accounts dialog box, and then click Finish to return to Outlook.

In this lesson, you learned how to configure the initial Outlook e-mail account and how to add additional accounts. You also learned how to delete e-mail accounts from the Outlook configuration. In the next lesson, you will learn how to use the various Outlook tools, such as the Outlook bar.

Figure 3.10. Special setting related to an e-mail account can be reached by clicking the More Settings button


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