What is my e-mail address?

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003
Microsoft Outlook® 2002

In Outlook, your e-mail address is like your name and postal address — it identifies you uniquely on the Internet. For the purposes of this article, we will be talking about Internet e-mail addresses such as jon@contoso.com.

An e-mail address is issued by an Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.). It contains two important pieces of information that allow an e-mail message that is sent to you through the Internet to find you. The first is the user name, or the part that appears before the @ symbol, such as the user name "jon" in the e-mail address jon@contoso.com. After the @ symbol is the domain or host name. The domain name is similar to your street or city. It identifies where an e-mail message should be routed. After the e-mail message reaches your domain, the user name is similar to your specific house address. It allows your ISP to route the message to your own mailbox.

Locate your e-mail address in Outlook

  1. On the Tools menu, click E-mail Accounts.

ShowI don't see the E-mail Accounts command

If you do not see E-mail Accounts, but do see Accounts on the Tools menu, you might be using Outlook Express, a different e-mail program offered by Microsoft. Look at the title bar of the at the top of the program window. If Outlook Express is displayed, you should use the Help that is provided with that program.

  1. Click View or change existing e-mail accounts, and then click Next.
  2. Select your ISP account, and then click Change.

Under User Information, the E-mail Address box contains your e-mail address. This is the address that you provide to other people to send you e-mail messages.

E-mail Accounts dialog box

Applies to:
Outlook 2003