How to Rename a Mail Account on Windows 8 Mail App

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Windows 8 Mail is the new native email desktop client of Windows. And, looking at the interface and features I would say that it isn’t a bad choice if you are not looking at doing complicated things. Well, if you plan to use or are already using the application you should know how to add email services to it. We have discussed

how to do that for Gmail

. Others, can be configured in a similar manner.

Now, when you add an email account it is given the name of the service it belongs to. For instance, I have Outlook mail configured and it shows the name as Outlook.

Mail App Account Name

That should be fine if you are adding a single account or accounts from different services. But, if you add multiple accounts from the same service it may create some confusion for the user. So, the idea is to rename the accounts to make them more distinguishable from each other.

Cool Tip: If you want to learn about other apps on Windows 8 follow our detailed overview of the essential Windows 8 apps.

Let us learn how to do that.

Steps to Rename Email Account on Mail App

Before you begin you should have at least one email service added to the application. Else, what would you rename?

Step 1: Launch Windows 8 Mail app by going to the Start Screen.

Start Screen Mail App

If it is not there you may bring up the app search screen (Windows key + W) and look for it.

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Step 2: Once you are in, you will see your list of accounts on the left pane. Hit and hover your mouse on the right edge of the screen to bring up the Charm Bar. Hit on the icon for Settings.

Charm Bar Settings

Step 3: That will bring up a Settings section on the right portion of the screen. Choose Accounts.

Mail App Accounts Settings

Step 4: From the list of accounts that you have select the one you wish to rename. In my case it is Outlook.

Mail Accounts List

Step 5: You will see a new screen where the account name is rendered on an editable text box. Give it a new name and exit. You will see it take effect immediately.

Rename Mail Account

There are other things that you may configure here. It is up to you to try them and use them as per your comfort level.

More of Mail App: We are also covered on how to configure email signatures on mail app. Another one on how to disable automatic photo download may turn out to be a big relief.


My first experience with the Mail app has been pretty decent. It is simple, comprehensive and contains only as much as may be required for basic emailing purposes. While we explore more of it, we will share with you our experiences and ways to make things simpler and better.

Meanwhile, if you are a Windows 8 user who’s been using the Mail app for a while then share with us any tricks and workarounds that you may have discovered and feel that it could be helpful.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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