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Force Outlook to Prompt for Email Account to Send From

Force Outlook to Prompt for Email Account to Send From

If you’re like me, you’ll have multiple email accounts in Outlook.  Some for work, some for personal and some possibly for nefarious means (I’m not judging).

Because it’s important to ensure that when an email is sent , it’s sent from the correct email address you may not want a deault sending address.

Whilst Outlook allows you to change the sending account, if you forget, your email will be sent from which ever folder is highlighted at the time.  In such circumstances it’s much better to not have any default and to get Outlook to force you to select the correct email address.

Here’s what you should see if you fail to specify a sending address:

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You’d think that would be an easy to access option!  Nah, you didn’t really did you?

You knew it was going to be a registry tweak didn’t you?

Editing the Registry

The following is for Outlook 2010, 2013 and 2016.

To get Outlook to prompt you for an address, you need to set the forceaccountselection registry value.

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\\\Software\\\\Policies\\\\Microsoft\\\\office\\\\<version>\\\\outlook\\\\options
Value name: forceaccountselection
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1

It’s quite likely you wont have the path after <version> so you’ll have to create that your self.

Doing It The Easy Way

If you don’t want to edit the registry you can download the matching file for your Outlook below:

Outlook2010-forceaccountselection.zip
Outlook2013-forceaccountselection.zip
Outlook2016-forceaccountselection.zip

Open the zip file in explorer and you’ll find both an enable and disable file.

Double click the enable file to enable force account selection.

Double click the disable file to disable force account selection.

To allow changes to take affect you will need to reboot.

 

 

 

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