Set up email in Outlook for Windows

The steps in this article describe how to set up your email account using Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, or Outlook 2010 on your PC.

Using Outlook for Mac? See Set up email in Outlook 2016 for Mac or Set up email in Outlook for Mac 2011.

Set up your work or school email account in Outlook using the Auto Account Wizard

Note   If you’re using Outlook 2010 with Office 365 for business, you need to set up your desktop before you can set up Outlook to access your account. See Set up Office 2010 desktop programs to work with Office 365 for business.

  1. Open Outlook. When the Auto Account Wizard opens, select Next. On the E-mail Accounts page, select Next.

    If the Wizard didn't open or you want to add an additional email account, on the Outlook toolbar select the File tab.

    Screenshot of left section of Outlook ribbon with File selected
  2. Select Add Account.

    Add Account command in the Backstage view
  3. On the Auto Account Setup page, enter your name, e-mail address, and password, and then select Next.

  4. Select Finish.

My account didn't set up

If your account didn't automatically set up, Outlook may ask you to try again using an unencrypted connection to the mail server. If that doesn't work, you can use the manual setup option. See Add an email account with custom settings or when automatic setup doesn’t work.

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Applies To: Outlook 2013, Outlook Web App for Office 365 Small Business, Office 365 End User, Outlook Web App, Office 365 Admin, Outlook Web App for Office 365, Office 365 Small Business Admin, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2010

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