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Remove or delete an email account from Classic Outlook for Windows

Removing an email account from Classic Outlook for Windows doesn't deactivate the email account. If you want to deactivate your account, talk to your email account provider. Once you delete an account from Outlook, you'll no longer be able to send and receive mail from that account in Outlook.

These instructions are for the Microsoft 365 subscription version of Classic Outlook for Windows, Outlook 2019, and Outlook 2016 only. If you're using Windows 10 Mail, see Delete an email account from Mail and Calendar apps and Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 FAQ.

  1. From the main Outlook window, select File in the upper left corner of the screen.

    Select Account Settings to delete an account.
     

  2. Select Account Settings > Account Settings.

  3. Select the account you want to delete, then select Remove.

  4. You'll see a message warning you that all offline cached content for this account will be deleted. This only affects content downloaded and stored on your computer.

  5. Select Yes to confirm.

Important: If you want to delete the last or the only email account you have in Classic Outlook for Windows, you'll receive a warning that you must create a new location for your data before removing the account. For more information, see Create an Outlook Data File.

See also

Remove a connected account from Outlook on the web

Remove a connected account from Outlook.com

Add or remove an email alias in Outlook.com

Close your Outlook.com account

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