Want to change your Outlook.com email address? You can’t, but you can get a new email address that works with your current email account, which is almost the same thing.

There are many reasons why you might want a new email address and perhaps your current email does not represent the image you want to convey, or maybe you started a business and want an address that clients or customers can use and which reflects the nature of your business.

Another email address can be useful when signing up for websites and services, and you could give out the other address instead of your main address, or keep an email address secret that only you and your best friends know.

To get a new Outlook.com email address you could simply create a new account, but a better solution is to add an email address to your current account. This means that if people don’t know you have switched to a different email, they can still contact you on the old email.

Microsoft has given Outlook.com a fresh new look and menus and settings have completely changed. If you haven’t been there in a while, it can be confusing to find your way around at first. But don’t worry, we’ve got  a simple step-by-step guide to creating a new email address.

Go to outlook.com in a browser, click the gear icon in the top right corner and then click Options on the menu.

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A list of options is displayed in the left panel. Choose Expand Mail,  then expand Accounts and then click Connected accounts.

On the right is Email aliases. Click Manage or choose a primary alias.

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You may be prompted to enter your password and sign in. This is just an extra security feature to stop unauthorized people from changing your Outlook settings.

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One Outlook account can have up to 10 email addresses. You can add email addresses or remove them from here by clicking the links.

You can create one today and keep it forever or delete it next week if you don’t need it anymore. If an email is attracting a lot of spam, you could simply remove it and add a new one.

You can only create 10 email addresses a year, so if you create 10 and delete five you will need to wait until next year before you can add more, even though the total is below 10.

Click Add email address.

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On the next page you enter the email address you want to use. Every email address in the world is unique. There are millions of Outlook.com users and it is hard to think of a unique name.

You are told if the address you want is already in use and you might need to try several variations till you find one that is OK. Click Add alias.

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Your new email address works straight away and you can tell all your friends and work colleagues. Emails to this address go into your inbox in the usual way.

~ Roland Waddilove