Digital ID's and identities in Outlook.

Posted on 2003-03-16
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Last Modified: 2010-04-07
As a pure e-mail reader, outlook express appears to beat the pants of Outlook. I'm hoping thats purely cuz I is a thickie.

On OE, I can assign a digital signature to an email adrress. So that when I send mail from that address, it uses the correct signature for the email address...

In Outlook, on the Tools -> Options -> Security tab, you get to change globally (or per identity) the signature that is used.

I use 2 accounts on a regular basis, a work account, and a personal account; both of which use digital signatures, I also use the calandar features of Outlook so I am hoping there is a way to use the correct digital signature for the account I am sending as.

Any clues?

Question by:nigel5
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enkotec earned 750 total points
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There appears to be no way to do what you're trying to do using Outlook.  As you said, you can choose to sign all messages by default.  You can also choose to sign messages individually via the "Options" button in the message toolbar.  From there you can select the ID you want to use.  You can select the appropriate sending email account from the "Accounts" drop-down.

Another way to do it would be to set up two profiles; one for your work account and one for your personal account.  Assign the correct digital IDs to each, and switch back and forth as necessary.


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ID: 8155613
Would switching back and forth mean that I'd have to log in each time, and that I'd get a different inbox etc???

or can I just use a menu option to select the profile I wanna be and have the same inbox and stuff.

Expert Comment

ID: 8159585
Unfortunately you'd have to exit Outlook and reopen it to choose a different profile.

To select a user profile to use when Outlook starts
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click the Mail icon .
Click Show Profiles.
To be prompted to select the Outlook user profile to use each time you start Outlook, click "Prompt for a profile to be used".

I have two email accounts in my user profile - one for business and one for personal use.  My preference is to use the Account selection and Options method to assign a sending address and digital ID.  It's annoying for a while, but once you get used to it it becomes second nature.

Author Comment

ID: 8400225
Shame OE is way betterer :)

Expert Comment

ID: 8445066
We can only hope they've fixed it in the new version.  Thanks for the points!

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