Configure Outlook to prompt you to choose a profile when started

A Microsoft Outlook e-mail profile is made up of e-mail accounts, data files, and information about where your e-mail messages are stored. This article assumes that you are using multiple profiles and explains how to make a profile the default and how to switch to a different profile. If you are unfamiliar with e-mail profiles, see overview of Outlook e-mail profiles.

  1. In Microsoft Windows, click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Windows Vista    Click User Accounts, and then click Mail.

 Note   In Classic view, double-click Mail.

  • Microsoft Windows XP    Click User Accounts, and then click Mail.

 Note   In Classic view, double-click Mail.

  1. The Mail icon won't appear unless you have Outlook installed and have run the program at least once.

The Mail Setup dialog box opens.

Mail Setup

  1. Click Show Profiles.
  2. Under When starting Microsoft Office Outlook, use this profile, click Prompt for a profile to be used.

Mail dialog box

  1. When Outlook starts, click the profile that you want to use in the Profile Name list.

Choose Profile dialog box

 Tip   When you use multiple profiles, there is usually one that you use the most often. Using the Prompt for a profile to be used option, you can configure Outlook to always select that profile in the Profile Name box. Then all you have to do to use that profile is click OK.

  1. In the Choose Profile dialog box, in the Profile Name list, click the profile that you want to be automatically selected.
  2. Click Options and then, under Options, select the Set as default profile check box.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007