Exchange account basic settings

The following table provides information and tips for entering basic Microsoft Exchange account settings in the Outlook Accounts preferences.



Account description

This is how your account is labeled in Outlook. You can give  account any name that is helpful to you.

Full name

This is how your name appears in the From field of e-mail messages that you send.

E-mail address

You must type your complete e-mail address, such as


The administrator of your Exchange account determines the kind of authentication that your organization uses. When you set up your account in Outlook, select the authentication method that is used by your organization, either User Name and Password or Kerberos authentication.

User name

This is usually your domain name followed by a backslash and your account ID. For example, if your domain is "example" and your account ID is "someone," you type example\someone. Frequently, the account ID is the part of your e-mail address before the "@" symbol, and the domain is the part of your e-mail address after the "@" symbol. However, this is not always true.

For some accounts, your user name is your complete e-mail address.


This is the password for your Exchange account, which is usually case-sensitive.

Kerberos ID

Depending on how your Exchange server is configured, you may already see one or more Kerberos IDs to select from. Or, click the Kerberos ID pop-up menu, and then click Create a New ID.

Important: When you create a new ID in Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard) or earlier, you are asked for your name, password, and realm. Realm is another name for a "domain." In the Authenticate to Kerberos dialog box, in the Name field, enter your Account ID. This is sometimes the part of your e-mail address before the "@" symbol. In the Realm field, you must enter the domain name in all uppercase letters, such as ".COM".

See also

Add an email account to Outlook

Exchange account basic settings

Exchange account server settings

Digital signing and encryption settings

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