How to add and use Outlook.com e-mail aliases

Microsoft's Outlook.com Webmail service allows you to use multiple aliases with your primary e-mail account.

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Microsoft just revealed the preview of its latest incarnation of Webmail, Outlook.com . One particular Outlook.com feature worth noting, is its support of multiple e-mail aliases. They're a great way to protect your primary e-mail address. And because you can't log in to your Outlook.com account with an alias, it adds another level of security.

Add an alias
To add a new alias to your primary Outlook.com account, click on the gears icon in the upper right-hand corner and select "More mail settings." Under the "Manage your account" section, select "Create a Outlook alias." Type the alias you want to add and choose among the outlook.com, hotmail.com, and live.com domains.

Create a new Outlook.com e-mail alias
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Use your alias
To send an e-mail as your alias, click on your account name, just above the To: field, then select the alias you want to use.

Use your Outlook.com e-mail alias
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET
That's it. If Outlook.com follows Hotmail's alias guidelines, you'll be allowed to add five aliases per year, but no more than 15 total. For a comprehensive look at Outlook.com, check out CNET's take on Microsoft's new e-mail service .
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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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