This article was previously published under Q221156
For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257824 OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
After you start Outlook Express, log on using an identity, and then quit Outlook Express, the next time you start Outlook Express it may use the same identity.
This behavior can occur if you quit Outlook Express without logging off.
Outlook Express 5
To work around this behavior, log off before you quit Outlook Express 5:
On the File menu, point to Identities, and then click Logoff identity where identity is the identity name you used when starting Outlook Express 5.
Outlook Express 5.01
To work around this behavior, log off before you quit Outlook Express 5.01:
On the File menu, click Exit, and then click Logoff identity where identity is the identity name you used when starting Outlook Express 5.01.
This behavior is by design.
You can create a different identity in Outlook Express for each person who uses the program. For example, you and a family member may share Outlook Express. Each of you can view your own e-mail and your own contacts by creating an identity for yourself.
For additional information about identities, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
209169 How to Create and Use Identities in Outlook Express 5
NOTE: If you quit Outlook Express without logging off, your e-mail folders and e-mail messages can be viewed by other users.