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Getting the 'From:' button to show in Outlook 2003 fortunately is a easy thing to accomplish.

How do I get the 'From:' button to show in Outlook 2003?

Compose a new message, click on the View menu, and select the From: item. If you have "smart menus" enabled you may need to wait a few seconds after dropping down the View menu in order to see the From: item if it's not already there.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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February 24, 2005 12:02 AM

There is no From: menu item under View. By default Outlook uses Word as an email editor.. How do you get the From: button in these circumstances?

February 24, 2005 8:49 AM

Well, to start with, don't use Word as the editor. It's WAY overkill for email. Tools, Options, Mail Format - uncheck both "Use Word" checkboxes.

Pantelis Koumelas
January 25, 2006 7:27 AM

Well actually, you can use MS-Word for your e-mail and having "FROM:" button.
Just expand the "OPTIONS" button at the tool bar, and there you are...

Zap Coffey-Brittain
March 26, 2007 3:17 PM

For those out there who like to use Word as email editor in Outlook 2003 AND want a From field displayed:

Untick Word in Tools, Options, Mail Format; open a new (HTML only) email, do View, From Field, close the email; go back to Tools, Options, Mail Format & switch Word back on; the From field will stay.

Also necessary if you want to switch on BCC field with Word as editor....

I agree that Word can be overkill for email but it depends what you want from email. I prefer Word as editor, for the extra formatting possibilities, spell-checking, better control of bullet points, numbers, paragraphs etc.

February 25, 2008 12:29 PM

Thanks, Zap!
Word may be "overkill" but if someone paid the $$$ for it then they deserve to have the ability to use it as an editor. Your response was much appreciated and didn't blow off the first poster.

Steve Fraser
May 16, 2008 11:48 AM

I cannot get the "Option" button to display the little down arrow. Therefore I cannot get to the "From" field. MS Word is NOT the editor.
Any help would be appreciated.

April 30, 2009 6:39 AM

Related question: once you activate the "from" button is there any way to automatically show the user's name?

July 28, 2009 2:49 PM

If you have word set as email editor, all you need to do is click the arrow to the right of the Options button, and then click from/Bcc.
Refer to Microsoft -

Marco Breaker
May 21, 2010 9:21 AM

Super ! Thanks... very useful... the best solution and expl. that I could find in my search engine... Marco

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