Nowadays, everyone is trying to get your attention. On the web, this usually comes in the form of irritating, flashing advertisements and pop-ups. A potentially harmless form of pop-up, though, comes in the form a site asking you to subscribe to receive regular content. Providing an email to these subscriptions can even be a prerequisite to gaining access to informational articles, shareware, and contests. Being a good internet patron, you grudgingly but graciously sign-up for the bi-weekly and/or monthly notifications. After all, being a visitor of the site, perhaps you’d like to read more about it later (it’s good self-promotion, really). Afterward, you find that the tiny consent has unleashed a flood of unwanted emails. Although you could create a filter option in your email settings, this would likely just put everything in junk/spam, making it hard to peruse later in your free time.
Alternatively, perhaps you want to create an alias to change up (eh-hem disguise) that embarrassing email account you’ve had for ten years, which is linked to umpteen other important things. For these obscure cases, and anyone else wanting to operate under a pseudonym without having to logout form their email client, this tutorial is for you. Today, we’ll create an Outlook email alias: a temporary email great for short term commenting and subscription purposes. An alternate email allows for easy deletion of all content associated with it, plus makes impossible any future unwanted content creeping into your primary account.
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To begin, you’ll need to have an Outlook account. If you don’t have one, you should get one! If you have one, login to your account…either way, you can access the Outlook login/signup page by clicking the image below.
We prefer Outlook for its superior number of domains (Outlook.com, Live.com, and Hotmail.com). Also, Outlook allows for unique alias creations, such that James.Brown@outlook.com can link to Jane.Duck@Live.com. Gmail and Yahoo, on the other hand, typically force the new email to awkwardly link to the original account name (i.e. John.Doe@gmail.com might become Jane.Duck-J.Brown@gmail.com).
Once you’ve logged in, click on the wheel (gear) icon in the top right menu. Then select “More mail settings” from the menu.
Under the Managing Account section, click “Create an Outlook alias”
Following the onscreen directions, input a new name in the box. Then choose a domain (Outlook.com, live.com or Hotmail.com) and click the “Create an alias” button.
You’ll soon receive an email in your inbox confirming the alias creation. You can use this email to register in any website or to add a comment on any post. All your aliases use the same password, making it that much easier. You can create up to 10 aliases per email on Outlook.com…just be sure to use your new identities responsibly.