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Turn on or off automatic forwarding in Outlook.com

You can automatically forward or redirect your email messages in Outlook.com. This is useful if you want to read and respond to messages from another email account or when you want someone else to receive and respond to your email in your absence.

Which version of Outlook.com are you using?

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

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A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

Note: If two-step verification isn't turned on for your Microsoft account, you will be prompted to enable it when you turn on forwarding. For more information, see About two-step verification.

  1. In the Outlook.com beta, select Settings Settings > View full settings.

  2. Select Mail > Forwarding.

    Note: If two-step verification is enabled, you will be prompted again to verify your identity.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To turn on forwarding, select Start forwarding, enter the forwarding email address, and select Save.

      Note: Select the Keep a copy of forwarded messages check box if you want a copy of the original message to remain in your mailbox.

    • To turn off forwarding, select Stop forwarding and select Save.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

Note: If two-step verification isn't turned on for your Microsoft account, you will be prompted to enable it when you turn on forwarding. For more information, see About two-step verification.

  1. In Outlook.com, select Settings Settings > Options.

  2. In the left pane, select Forwarding.

    Note: If two-step verification is enabled, you will be prompted again to verify your identity.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To turn on forwarding, select Start forwarding, enter the forwarding email address, and select Save.

      Note: Select the Keep a copy of forwarded messages check box if you want a copy of the original message to remain in your mailbox.

    • To turn off forwarding, select Stop forwarding and select Save.

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