From Field Mastery: Tips for Using Outlook on Windows 11

The ‘From’ field in Outlook is a nifty feature that allows you to change the email address from which you’re sending your emails. This can be useful if you manage multiple email accounts or if you want to send an email on behalf of someone else. In just a few simple steps, you can learn how to make the most of this function in Outlook on Windows 11.

Step by Step Tutorial: Utilizing the ‘From’ Field in Outlook

Before we dive into the steps, it’s essential to understand that the ‘From’ field in Outlook lets you choose different email addresses to send emails from, if you have multiple accounts linked or delegated access to another account. This can come in handy in professional settings where you may need to send emails on behalf of a team or a manager.

Step 1: Open a new email message in Outlook

Start by creating a new email message like you usually would. Click on ‘New Email’ or use the shortcut Ctrl+N.

When you open a new email message, you’ll typically see the ‘To’ and ‘Cc’ fields, but not the ‘From’ field. We’ll get to that in the next step.

Step 2: Show the ‘From’ field

Click on the ‘Options’ tab, and then on ‘From’ in the Show Fields group to display the ‘From’ field in your email header.

You may not see the ‘From’ field by default, especially if you’re using Outlook for the first time or if you haven’t configured multiple accounts. Enabling the ‘From’ field allows you to select which email address you’re sending from.

Step 3: Select the email address you want to send from

Click on the ‘From’ field and choose the email address you want to send your email from. If it’s not listed, select ‘Other E-mail Address’ and enter the email you have access to.

If you have multiple accounts linked to your Outlook, they will be listed in the dropdown menu. If you need to enter a new address, make sure you have permission to send from that email to avoid any issues.

Step 4: Compose and send your email

After selecting the desired ‘From’ address, compose your email and then send it as usual.

Remember, even though you’re sending the email from a different address, the replies will go to the inbox of the selected ‘From’ address. Make sure you have access to the inbox to keep track of the conversation.

After completing these steps, the email you send will appear to have been sent from the email address you selected. This can help maintain consistency in business communication or manage multiple roles within an organization.

Tips for Utilizing the ‘From’ Field in Outlook

  • Ensure you have permission to send emails from the address you choose.
  • Verify that the ‘From’ address you select is linked or added to your Outlook account.
  • Double-check the ‘From’ address before sending to avoid confusion.
  • Remember that replies will go to the ‘From’ address, so keep track of responses.
  • Use this feature to manage professional communication more effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add a new email address to the ‘From’ field?

You can add a new email address to the ‘From’ field by selecting ‘Other E-mail Address’ and typing in the email you want to use. Make sure you have added this account to Outlook or have been granted permission to send from this address.

Can I use the ‘From’ field if I have only one email account in Outlook?

If you only have one email account, you typically won’t need to use the ‘From’ field unless you’ve been given delegated access to another account.

Will the recipient know I sent the email from a different address?

The recipient will see the ‘From’ address you selected as the sender, and unless they inspect the email header, they won’t know you sent it from a different account.

Can I hide my email address and use another one using the ‘From’ field?

You cannot hide your email address; you can only send from addresses that are linked to your Outlook or that you have permission to use.

What happens if I don’t have permission to send from the selected ‘From’ address?

If you try to send an email from an address you don’t have permission to use, the email will likely fail to send, and you’ll receive an error message.


  1. Open a new email message in Outlook.
  2. Show the ‘From’ field by clicking on the ‘Options’ tab.
  3. Select the email address you want to send from.
  4. Compose and send your email.


Mastering the use of the ‘From’ field in Outlook on Windows 11 can give you greater control and flexibility over your email communications. Whether you’re juggling multiple roles or managing a team’s inbox, this feature can streamline your workflow and maintain a professional image. Just remember to always ensure you’re authorized to use the email account you’re sending from and to keep an eye on the inbox for replies. With this newfound knowledge, you’re now all set to take your Outlook experience to the next level. So go ahead, give it a try, and watch your email game transform!

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