following instructions are for version 5.5. Older versions may
vary in their setup.
If you have
one or just a few PC's for several people but you want them all
to have email and keep their email seperate, you can use Identities
in Outlook Express.
Once you have
installed and setup Outlook Express on your PC and setup at least
one email account, see how to setup email
accounts, you can add multiple identities.
1. Click on
FILE -> IDENTITIES -> ADD NEW IDENTITY.
2. Enter your
3. Check Require
a Password and then enter the password for this identity.
4. Click OK
to save this identity.
5. Click NEW
to add another identity or CLOSE to exit Manage Identities.
"Main Identity" is setup by default when you first install
Outlook Express and add the first email account to it. Make sure
you add a password to the "Main Identity" in the Manage
Identities tool. You can also change the name of the "Main
6. Once you
have setup your identities you need to uncheck the "Use this
identity when starting" checkbox in the "Manage Identities"
screen. This will force Outlook Express to prompt you for which
Identity to use when you start it.
7. Exit out
of Outlook Express. YOU MUST USE THE "EXIT AND LOG OFF IDENTITY"
choice under the file menu. If you do not log out of the identity
you are currently logged in to, Outlook Express will automatically
reenter this identity the next time it is started and it WILL
NOT prompt you for an identity to use.
8. Start Outlook
Express and it will now prompt you for which identity to use.
9. When you
choose one of the new identities, Outlook Express will notice
that an email account is not setup for that identity and will
begin prompting you to setup a new email account. See "How
to Setup an Email Account".
10. Once you
have setup the email account for this identity you can now check
the email for this account by clicking on the Send/Receive Button.
Be sure to use the "EXIT AND LOG OFF IDENTITY" choice
under the file menu when exiting Outlook Express.