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How to change an email account’s name in Outlook?

In general, it’s easy to rename a personal folder with the right-clicking menu on the Navigation Pane in Outlook. However, this method can’t change the name of an email account. Here, this article will show you the solution of renaming an email account in Outlook quickly.

Rename an email account in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubble Rename an email account in Outlook

To change the name of an email account in Outlook, please do as follows:

1. Click File > Info > Account Settings > Account Settings to open the Account Settings dialog box.

2. In the Account Settings dialog box, please (1) enable the Data Files tab, (2) click to highlight the email account you will rename, and then (3) click the Settings button. See screenshot:

3. In the Outlook Data File dialog box, please type a new account name into the Name box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. Close the Account Settings dialog box.
Now you return to the main interface of Outlook, and you will see the specified email account has been renamed on the Navigation Pane. See screenshot:


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    Jean-Pierre MATRRING · 1 months ago
    Hello everybody

    Please, appologize my FrenGlish

    This renaming operation is only operative with "pop" accounts (.pst data file)
    It can't be used with Microsoft exchange account (.ost data file)
    I'm in such a situation and look forwards to find an other methode applicable to .ost data file

    Thank you so much
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    charlotte · 2 months ago
    Thanks, however I'm not getting the same dialog box at step 3, and no option to rename?
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    Steve Hollasch · 4 months ago
    This approach does not work for accounts hosted on Outlook.com.
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      kellytte · 3 months ago
      Hi Steve,
      The trick introduced in this article only works for Outlook desktop applications.