How to Set Microsoft Outlook 2010 Back to Default


Microsoft Outlook--a popular email program--has been around for over a decade. The latest version came out in 2010. If you installed a new add-on to Outlook that has corrupted your profile, you can reset the application settings to their defaults by removing the profile. However, make sure to back up your email messages first.

Reset Microsoft Outlook 2010 to Default Settings

  • Close out of Microsoft Outlook 2010.

  • Click the Windows"Start" button in the task bar, and then click "Control Panel."

  • Double-click the "Mail" icon. This will bring up the "Mail Setup" dialog box.

  • Click on the "Show Profiles" button.

  • Select the corrupted profile, and then click the "Remove" button. Click "OK." This action will remove your corrupted profile and reset Microsoft Outlook 2010 to its default settings. Close the Control Panel.

Configure New Profile and Settings

  • Open Microsoft Outlook 2010. Click "File" and "Account Settings" to open the Account Settings window.

  • Click "New" to add a new email account. Select "Microsoft Exchange," "POP3," "SMTP" or "HTTP," and click "Next."

  • Place a check in "Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types," and click "Next."

  • Select "Internet Email," and click "Next."

  • Enter your "User," "Server" and "Log on" information, which is provided by your ISP. Click the "Test Account Settings" button to make sure the settings work. Click "Next," and then click "Finish."

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