How to Display an Email Account Password in Outlook 2007
By Jason Artman
People are often taught not to write their email passwords down anywhere, in order to maximize security. Although it is true that a password written on paper can be a liability, this can create a situation in which it is difficult to move an email account to another email program later if you do not remember your password. Using a free utility called Mail PassView, you can recover your saved password from Outlook 2007 and move your email account to a different client.
Download Mail PassView from the link in the "Resources" section of this article. Mail PassView is a free utility that displays all of the saved Outlook email account passwords on the computer. Extract the utility to the location of your choice, then run it. All of the saved email passwords on the system will be displayed. If you need to create a file with the saved password to move it to another computer, continue to Step 2.
Right click on the email account that you need the password for, and click "Copy Selected Items."
Right click in the Notepad window, then click "Paste." The email account name, password and server will appear in the Window.
Click "File," then click "Save As" to save the file to the location of your choice. Delete the file when you are done using it to protect your account information.
- If other people have access to your computer, do not forget to remove Mail PassView from your machine after using the program. This prevents others from finding the utility and viewing your Outlook email account password.
Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.