Change How Your Name Appears in Outlook 2010

When you initially configured your email account in Outlook 2010, you set up several items that affect the way that your mail is sent and viewed. You may have changed some other things, such as adding a signature, but those actions are very deliberate and are not required during the initial setup process. But one item of importance that you definitely set up was the way that your name is displayed in other people’s inboxes. Most people configure this box with their full name but, if you were setting it up for a personal or home account, you might have gone with a less formal option, such as a nickname or only your first name. But now that you understand that this setting is important, it is a good idea to reconfigure Outlook so that you can adjust how your name appears.

 

Changing Your Outlook 2010 Display Name

Not setting up Outlook with a full name is not the only situation where this might be necessary, however. If you have gotten married or divorced, or if the email address in Outlook is for a position and not a person, then you might also need to learn how to adjust this setting.

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window, click the Account Settings drop-down menu at the center of the window, then click Account Settings again.

outlook account settings menu

 

Step 3: Click the email account you want to modify to select it, then click the Change button above the account screen.

select account, click change

 

Step 4: Type your desired name into the Your Name field, then click the Next button at the bottom of the window.

change how your name is displayed in outlook 2010

 

Step 5: Click the Close button after the test message was sent successfully, then click the Finish button to close the window.

 

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