How to Set Up Separate Email Accounts in Microsoft Outlook

Setting up multiple e-mail accounts in Microsoft Outlook 2010 allows one person to monitor several e-mail addresses in one place. These accounts can all be merged into one folder or each can have its own folder, and rules applied to any account can be used to place important messages in their own folders even if they are from different e-mail accounts. Outlook works with many online e-mail providers using POP3 mail services.

Start Microsoft Outlook 2010. Cancel the wizard that runs the first time Outlook starts.

Click on "File" and "Info." Click the "Add Account" button. Select "Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types" and click "Next."

Select "Internet Email" and click "Next." Enter the name that will appear on outgoing messages. Enter the full e-mail address for this account. Enter the exact name of the incoming and outgoing mail server as given by the email provider. Enter the username and password.

Choose "New Outlook Data File" to have all incoming e-mail from this account go to its own folder, all mail sent from this account go to its own Sent Items folder, and all deleted e-mail from this account go to its own Deleted Items folder. Choose "Existing Outlook Data File" to have the email from this account mixed in with e-mail from other accounts. Browse and find the Outlook data file for every account to have the email from every account go to the same folder.

Click on "Test Account Settings" to allow Outlook to send and receive a small test e-mail and ensure that the account settings are properly configured.

Right-click on an existing message to select it. Click on "Rules," then on "Always Move Messages From" to bring up the Rules and Alerts Choose a Folder dialogue box. Click on an existing folder or create a new folder and select it. Click "OK" to use this folder to store all future and current messages from this particular sender in the selected folder.

Click on "File," "Info," then "Manage Rules & Alerts" to open up the Rules and Alerts dialogue and create new rules for messages that have not been received.

Click on "New Rule" to open the Rules Wizard. Click on the desired type of rule in Step 1. Click on the underlined values in Step 2 to configure the relevant values for each rule.


Microsoft Outlook 2010 can handle multiple e-mail accounts from various sources including POP3, IMAP or Exchange Server accounts. You can set up each e-mail account in its own folder to easily track the source of unwanted e-mail. You can also set up rules to allow important messages to be placed into folders where they are easily distinguished from large volumes of junk e-mail. Rules can be set up to delete e-mail based on defined criteria.


Use caution when creating rules that delete e-mail, since these rules can occasionally be too broad and can cause important e-mail to be deleted.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Multiple e-mail accounts
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Norm Dickinson began his writing career in 1997 as a content creator for Web pages he designed for clients. His work appears on various websites, focusing on computer technology. Dickinson holds an Associate of Arts in industrial electronics technology and another Associate of Arts in computer science.