Skip to content

How to exit Outlook

Rate this post

How to exit Outlook: Outlook is the Web Mail service with which Microsoft has decided to replace its historical Hotmail and Live platforms. It is a very simple service to use, accessible from any browser and operating system but, like all boxes accessible from the Web (and therefore from a browser), it presents some small “risks” to which one must be careful: one of these certainly concerns the access to the service.

After logging in to and closing the browser, if you leave the checkbox for automatic access active, just go back to the main page of the service to find yourself logged into the mailbox used previously, without having to type in a name user or password: not exactly the best from the point of view of privacy, right?

If you think this way too, take five minutes of free time and find out how to exit outlook thanks to the information I’m about to give you. In this way, the browser will no longer “remember” you and will not leave your mailbox “open” to anyone who gets their hands on your PC. Furthermore, if you are interested, I will also explain how to achieve the same result in the Outlook mobile app and how to permanently exit the classic version of Outlook for Windows and macOS (the one included in Office). Happy reading and good luck for everything!

How to sign out of

If you use and you want to know how to exit outlook to prevent other people, using your PC, from accessing the service by viewing the contents of your e-mail box, connected to main pageclick on yours initials or yours profile pictureat the top right, and select the item Disconnect from the menu that opens.

You are now logged out of your account but there are still a couple of things you need to do: the first is do not check the “Keep me signed in” option the next time you log in to your Outlook mailbox (in this way, the service will not be automatically accessed); the second, if you really care about privacy, is disable password storage in your favorite web browser.

If you don’t know how to delete saving passwords in Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other important web browsers, read the guide I wrote on the subject and follow the instructions in it: by doing so, you will prevent the browser from remembering your access data to Outlook (or any other Internet site) and complicate your life to any snoopers who want to enter your accounts without permission.

How to sign out of Outlook app

Outlook for iOS

You have installed theOutlook app for Android or iOS and would you like to know if it is possible to exit from the latter in a similar way to what is done in the Web version of the service? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

If your intent is to force the app to ask for account credentials on every launch, I’m sorry to tell you that the only solution available to you would be delete and add the e-mail accounts configured in it each time you use them: somewhat cumbersome and tedious procedure, which I personally advise against.

If, despite this, you feel like doing this procedure, launch the Outlook on your device, press the ☰ button located at the top left and select thegear icon from the menu that opens. Next, choose themail account you want to delete from the application, tap on Delete account and that’s it: the next time you start the application, you will have to set up your account again, so that you can view the messages contained in it.

Close OutlookOn the other hand, terminating the app from the multitasking menu would have no effect on the credentials stored within it: in fact, by reopening the application, all the messages in the mailboxes configured previously would normally be viewable.

In any case, for your knowledge, I tell you that to completely close the Outlook app you have to call the multitasking menu and move the app thumbnail. If you don’t know how to bring up the multitasking menu, know that, on Androidjust press the button square (at the bottom of the screen), while on iOS you have to make one swipe from the bottom of the screen – in the center – upwards and then move your finger slightly to the right. If you are using an iPhone 8/8 Plus or earlier or an iPad equipped with a version of iOS prior to 12, you must recall, instead, the multitasking menu by performing a double press of the Home button. More info here.

That said, the only concrete thing you can do to protect the privacy of your messages in Outlook is protect access to the application by code, fingerprint or facial recognition.

On iOSyou can activate the request for Face ID or Touch ID when Outlook starts by opening the application, pressing the ☰ button located at the top left and selecting thegear icon from the menu that opens. Afterwards, you have to move up ON the switch for the option Request Face ID or Request Touch ID And that’s it. On AndroidInstead, you must necessarily resort to the use of a third-party application to block access to Outlook with a password: I explained how to do this in my tutorial on how to pass passwords to applications.

How to exit Outlook on Windows

Outlook for Windows

You use the classic version of Outlook for Windows (the one included in the package Office) and would like to know how to log out of an account you have configured in the program? You would like to know how to close Outlook when it stops responding and does not close by clicking on the classic cross located at the top right of its main window? Don’t worry: it is, in both cases, child’s play.

For delete an email account in Outlook for Windowsstart the program on your PC, click on the button File located at the top left and select the item Account settings which appears by clicking on the button Account settings, in the menu that opens. In the window that is proposed to you at this point, select the card Emailclick onaccount you want to delete and press in sequence on the buttons Remove (top) e Yup (in the center of the screen).

From time to time, Outlook becomes unresponsive and you can’t close it by pressing on [x] located at the top right of the program window? Don’t panic: right click on taskbar Windows (the one at the bottom of the screen) and open the utility Activity managementby selecting the appropriate item from the context menu.

In the window that opens, select the item related to Microsoft Outlookpress the button End activity, bottom right, and the application should close instantly. In case of problems or if you want more information on how to terminate a process on Windows, consult the tutorial I dedicated to the topic.

How to get offline in Outlook

Outlook offline mode

You are unable to download or send new messages in Outlook because the offline mode application? Don’t despair – you can deactivate it in two clicks.

All you have to do is start Outlook on your PC, select the tab Send / Receivelocated at the top left, and click on the button Offline present in the toolbar of the program, so that it is deactivated.

So try to start downloading and / or sending emails again and everything should go smoothly. If, however, the problem persists, try checking your account settings and the status of your Internet connection.

How to get out of Outlook Safe Mode

Outlook add-ins

Your Outlook keeps starting in Safe mode and you don’t know how to solve the problem? Almost certainly, there is a add-on recently installed in the program that is not fully compatible with it and therefore undermines its correct functioning.

In fact, Outlook Safe Mode is activated when there is something wrong with the program, so that it can still run, but with limited functionality (just like Windows Safe Mode). Often, the add-ons that some software install in Outlook give problems.

The first attempt you can do, therefore, is to go to the program’s settings and disable the “suspicious” add-ons. To do so, open Outlookpress the button File located at the top left and select the item Options from the menu that appears on the side.

In the window that opens, choose the item Additional components from the left sidebar, click on the button Go corresponding to the menu COM add-ons (below) and you will be shown the list of all the add-ons installed in Outlook: try, therefore, to identify those that you think may be responsible for the program’s malfunctions, uncheck them, click on OK and restart Outlook.

If not even disabling the add-ins Outlook should return to work correctly, try using a restore point or reinstalling Outlook following the instructions you find in my tutorials dedicated to these procedures.

How to exit Outlook on Mac

Outlook for Mac account management

Uses Outlook for Mac and would you like to know how to remove an account previously configured in the program? You would like to completely close the application but, by clicking on red dot placed in the upper left, this is simply hidden while still running? No problem: now I’ll explain how to solve both issues.

For sign out of an account in Outlook for Macstart the program on your computer and go to the menu Outlook> Preferences, located at the top left. In the window that opens, click on the icon Accountselect theaccount to remove from the left sidebar and first presses the button [-]bottom left, and then on the button Deletein the center of the screen, to complete the operation.

Regarding the complete shutdown of Outlook on Macyou can achieve this by simply pressing the key combination cmd + q on the computer keyboard (while the program is in the foreground) or by selecting the item Exit Outlook from the menu Outlooktop left.

If the program is blocked and does not respond to commands, you can force it to terminate by right clicking on its icon in the Dock barwhile holding down the key alt on the keyboard and selecting the item Forced exit from the menu that appears.

How to get offline in Outlook

Outlook for Mac offline mode

You are unable to receive or send messages because Outlook appears to be on offline mode? If so, select the tab Instruments of the program, at the top, and click on the lever Online / Offlineso that it turns green and shows the writing Online inside.

If the software fails to download / send mail this way, check your account settings and Internet connection status.