Manage multiple identities masterfully in Windows 2000 Professional

Do you use different identities for home and business? If so, you can easily separate them in Windows 2000 with Windows Address Book and Outlook Express, keeping your data where it belongs. Here's how.

Outlook Express and the Windows Address Book (WAB), both included with Windows 2000, support the use of multiple identities to help separate messages, addresses, and other data. Identities aren't the same as user profiles and, in general, you shouldn't use identities to separate data for different users. Instead, use different logon accounts and let Windows 2000 separate your data from other users through your personal profile.

Where identities come in handy is in separating multiple identities for the same person. For example, you might use one personality for your business data and another for your personal data. Each identity uses a different message store and address book.

Follow these steps to configure a new identity:

  1. Open Outlook Express and choose File | Identities | Manage Identities.
  2. To rename the default identity, select Main Identity, click the Properties button, type a new name, and then click OK.
  3. Now click the New button to create a new identity. Outlook Express automatically creates the folder to contain the message store and creates a new WAB.

When you want to switch from one identity to another in either Outlook Express or the WAB, choose File | Switch Identity. Select the identity you want to use and click OK. The program then opens the appropriate data store.

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