Plus Addressing in Exchange Online

Plus addressing allows you create additional email addresses on the fly, and is useful when sign-up for mailing lists or online services. Email addresses created this way use your existing email address as the basis and once configured within Office 365, don’t require any administrator intervention to use.

A normal email address is in the form steve@practical365.com and with the “local” part being the name before the @ symbol. With plus addressing, you can create a new email address, like steve+onlineshopping@practical365.com by adding a plus (+) after the local part followed by your preferred tag.

Enabling Plus Addressing in Exchange Online

Plus addressing is off by default in Exchange Online, and is not available on-premises. This is because in the past, Exchange Online has allowed administrators to create email addresses containing the plus character for users.

To enable plus addressing, first, connect to Exchange Online using Powershell. In Exchange Online Powershell, use the following command to enable plus addressing for your organization:

Set-OrganizationConfig -AllowPlusAddressInRecipients $true

Plus addressing is enabled rapidly – in our testing it was enabled within the hour.

Using Inbox rules to filter mail received

It is straightforward to use Inbox rules in Outlook to filter mail received via plus addressing. You can use this to auto-delete messages, if your additional email address ends of on spam lists, or most usefully you can automatically move messages into an Inbox folder.

To do this, right click on a message received to the additional address – it will be shown in the to field of a relevant message – then from the menu choose Rules>Always move message to..

Plus Addressing in Exchange Online

On the menu shown, you’ll be presented the option to create a new folder and automatically move messages. You can also choose Create Rule, and create an advanced rule based on the same criteria:

Plus Addressing advanced options

Learn more: Switching Off Legacy Authentication for Exchange Online

About the Author

Steve Goodman

Chief Editor for Audio and Video Content and Technology Writer for Practical 365, focused on Microsoft 365. A nine-time Microsoft MVP, author of several Exchange Server books and regular conference speaker, including at Microsoft conferences including Ignite, TechEd and Future Decoded. Steve has worked with Microsoft technology for over 20 years beginning and has been writing about Exchange and the earliest iterations of Office 365 since its inception. Steve helps customers plan their digital transformation journey and gets hands on with Microsoft Teams, Exchange and Identity projects.

Comments

  1. Tony Derricott

    Does it still require an admin to create each plus address for the end user before they can use it?

  2. Mohd Irfan

    Hi,

    Could you please share PS command to export Plus addressing mailbox list.

  3. Nick O

    The only problem I see with +addressing is the inability to reply on the same address and keep the thread going within a folder. For example, I need to have all my sailing club correspondence drop into a SailingClub folder. You can sort of do it on, say, Outlook full client if you set the “sent replies to” option per message. You can’t do that on the Outlook webclient – or gmail webclient…etc. Unless there’s something I’m missing. It seems to be a one-trick pony at the moment.

    1. Alejandro Ramirez

      Hi Nick!

      Did you found a way to handle this?

      I have the same concern

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