How to Change the User in Microsoft Outlook & Google

By Maya Austen

A user account grants individuals access to a specific collection of files and information on a shared computer or an Internet service. A user is any individual who has access to a user account. To change from one user account to another (switch your access from one specific collection of files to another collection of files) you simply have to sign out of one user account and log in to another.

Things You'll Need

  • Active user account with Google
  • Active user account on your local computer

Changing the User Account in Google

Step 1

Verify that you are currently signed into a Google account. You can go to Google's home webpage ( and look for an email address, written in bold, alongside Google's menu options located at the top of the screen.

Step 2

Click "Sign out" in the menu options. The "Sign out" option is located in the top far right corner. After signing out of this Google account, the email address that was listed in the menu bar disappears; the option to "Sign in" replaces the "Sign out" option.

Step 3

Click "Sign in." Clicking "Sign in" will bring you to the Google account sign in page. Enter the email address and password of your other Google account you would like to sign into, and then click the "Sign in" button.

Changing the User Account in Microsoft Outlook

Step 1

Close Microsoft Outlook and all other active software applications.

Step 2

Log off the current user account on your local computer. Click the "Start" button, and click "Shut Down..." Click on the little black triangle in the field box and select the "Log off" option. Click "OK."

Step 3

Sign in to your local computer using the user credentials associated with the Windows desktop user account that contains the Microsoft Outlook profile you want to open. Each Windows desktop user may configure Microsoft Outlook to link to their private email account. In order to access your emails through Microsoft Outlook you have to be logged onto your personal desktop account.

Step 4

Re-open Microsoft Outlook.

Tips & Warnings

  • You cannot log onto your Microsoft Outlook account remotely unless your account is hosted by an Exchange server. When a Microsoft Outlook account is on an Exchange server, that account may be accessed from any local computer with an Internet connection.