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Configure Office 365 email for Outlook on Windows

Posted by Michael Greenhill
Updated on August 31, 2016

To add your Office 365 email account to Outlook on Windows, follow these steps.

Outlook 2013

These screenshots were taken with Outlook 2013. If you have a different version of Outlook – such as Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2016 – these may look slightly different to you.

From the File menu in Outlook, select “Add Account”.

Add account to Outlook 2013

Enter in your account details, then click “Next”

If this is the first account you've added to Outlook, the name and email address should be pre-populated.
If this is the first account you’ve added to Outlook, the name and email address should be pre-populated.

Outlook will try to automatically configure your account. It may prompt you again for credentials.

Outlook may prompt you again for credentials. Ensure that the username field is your email address, and enter your password
Outlook may prompt you again for credentials. Ensure that the username field is your email address, and enter your password

If the account configuration was successful, you will be presented with a screen like this. Click “Finish”.

Outlook should be able to automatically configure itself to connect to your email account
Outlook should be able to automatically configure itself to connect to your email account

You may be prompted to restart Outlook.

You'll have to close and re-open Outlook for the changes to take effect
You’ll have to close and re-open Outlook for the changes to take effect

After re-opening Outlook, your new account will appear at the bottom of the account/folder list. To make it easy to find new emails, add your Inbox to the Favourites.

Your new account will be added to the bottom of the account/folder list. Click the arrow on the left of the account name, and find Inbox
Your new account will be added to the bottom of the account/folder list. Click the arrow on the left of the account name, and find Inbox

Click and drag the Inbox folder all the way up the top to your Favourites section.

Drag your Office 365 inbox up to your favourites
Drag your Office 365 inbox up to your favourites
Updated on August 31, 2016

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