About adding accounts

Before you can send and receive e-mail messages in Outlook, you must first add an account. Outlook for Mac 2011 supports the following kinds of accounts:

  • Accounts managed by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 with Update Rollup 4 (KB952580) and later versions.

  • E-mail accounts from major providers such as AOL, Gmail, MobileMe, Windows Live Hotmail, and Yahoo. These services all use either the POP or IMAP protocol.

  • Any other POP or IMAP e-mail account, such as those offered by Internet service providers.

  • Directory service accounts that use the LDAP protocol.


    • When you add an Exchange account, Outlook syncs your e-mail messages, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes with the Exchange server.

    • With POP and IMAP e-mail accounts, e-mail messages are the only items that are synchronized between Outlook and the mail server. Other items that you create in Outlook — such as contacts, calendar events, tasks, and notes — are stored on your computer, not on the mail server.

See also

Add an Exchange account

Add an e-mail account

Add a directory service (LDAP) account

Applies To: Outlook for Mac 2011

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