Exchange account server settings

If you are trying to set up an Exchange account in Outlook, ask the organization that gave you the email address for the name of your Exchange server. It's standard for them to provide you with this information so you can add your email address to a computer or phone.

If you are trying to set up an Office 365 for business account with Outlook, see POP and IMAP settings for Outlook Office 365 for business for the incoming (IMAP) and outgoing mail (SMTP) server names .

If you are using Outlook on a Mac, to access these settings from the primary Exchange Accounts preferences dialog box, in Outlook click File > the Advanced button, and then click the Server tab.

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Description

Microsoft Exchange Server

If Outlook cannot automatically detect your Exchange server, you can enter its address here. To find out the name of your Exchange server, you have to contact the person who gave you the email address, or contact someone in your IT department, for the name of your Exchange server.

Override default port

To be able to edit the port number that follows the server address, select this check box.

Use SSL to connect (recommended)

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology that helps improve the security of the account.

Download headers only

If you have a slow network connection, you can use this option to improve performance. Only message headers are automatically downloaded to your computer. Therefore, large messages (and any attachments) are downloaded only if you select them in the message list. However, when you are offline, you can't read the message bodies or attachments.

Directory service Server

Also known as an LDAP server. Enter the name of the server that is provided by your system administrator. Frequently this server address is the same address as your Microsoft Exchange Server address, but this is not always true.

Override default port

To be able to edit the port number that follows the server address, select this check box.

Use SSL to connect (recommended)

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology that helps improve the security of the account.

Log in with my Exchange account credentials

Select this check box if the directory service requires the same logon credentials as the Exchange Server.

Maximum number of results to return

Use this box to limit the number of names returned in search results.

Search base

Use this box to define the location in the directory from which the LDAP search begins.

See Also

What is a Microsoft Exchange account

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