Add an email account to Outlook for Mac 2011

Outlook for Mac can automatically set up accounts from many popular ISP (ISP: An acronym for Internet service provider, a type of company that provides Internet services such as e-mail, chat rooms, or access to the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational and offer access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region/country.), as well as email service providers like (previously known as Hotmail), AOL, Gmail, MobileMe, and Yahoo.

If Outlook can't set up an account automatically, you can configure it manually. When setting up manually, you’ll need additional information about your account, for instance the account type and addresses of mail servers. Outlook supports both POP (POP: A common type of Internet-based mail account. Examples are Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. After you add a POP account to Outlook, messages from the account appear in the folder list under On My Computer.) and IMAP (IMAP: A common type of Internet-based mail account such as Gmail, AOL Mail, and many others. Messages from these accounts appear in folders in the Outlook folder list, under the name of the account.) accounts. To learn more about each account type, see POP account basic settings and IMAP account basic settings.

If you have a Microsoft Exchange account (Microsoft Exchange account: An account managed by Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange accounts are used by organizations with many users. They make it possible to synchronize e-mail, calendars, and contacts between multiple computers.), see Add an Exchange account.

Add an email account

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.

Accounts in Tools menu

  1. In the lower-left corner of the Accounts dialog box, click Add Add an account button, and then click E-mail.
  2. Enter your email address and password, and then click Add Account.

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  • Enter the information about your account, including the following required fields: User name, Type, Incoming server, and Outgoing server. If your email service requires Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for either the incoming or outgoing server, select the Use SSL to connect check box for that server.
  • Use the information from table below for accounts:
Incoming server imap-mail.outlook. com
Port for the incoming server 995 993
Outgoing server
Port for the outgoing server 587 587

When the process of adding the account is complete, the account appears in the left pane of the Accounts dialog box, and Outlook begins downloading your messages.


See also

I can't send or receive messages with my email account

Specify the default account

Applies to:
Outlook for Mac 2011