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Learn how to leverage the power of Microsoft Outlook to stay on top of all your important connections. In this course, author Jess Stratton introduces you to navigating your email messages, calendar, and contacts in Outlook 2013. The course begins with a tour of the interface and shows how to connect to a wide variety of mail, social media, and cloud computing accounts, including IMAP and POP accounts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even RSS feeds. Jess also shows how to quickly create, send, and read email and reduce your inbox clutter; organize, group, and share contacts; and stay on schedule with calendars and tasks.
You can use Outlook as a standalone client for your home and personal use or your office may use it internally as their default email program. That's what we're going to talk about today. If your company uses Microsoft Exchange, you can simply put in your email address and Outlook will do the rest of the configuration for you. We start by going up here to the Ribbon and choosing File and then Add Account. It's important to note that as of Outlook 2013, Exchange 2003 is not supported.
So if you find yourself having trouble with this next step, it maybe worth asking your network administrator what version of Exchange you're trying to connect to. So from this dialog box, we need to put in our Name, Email Address and Password and while we are done, click Next. You'll get a Security Alert talking about security certificates. If it asks you if you want to proceed, click Yes. From here, it's going to make sure it can access your server, it's going to make sure your Password was correct, and then it's going to make sure you can log on to the mail server.
Once those three things are done, you are all set, you can click Finish, Restart Outlook and the next time you launch it, it will look a lot different. I'm going to close out of Outlook now and come back in, it may take a few minutes to get into Outlook, but that's OK, because this is the first time that this particular version of Outlook has ever been accessed by your Exchange Server. Now we are all in, and as you can see it looks a lot different than it was just a few minutes ago. Now that I'm in my Exchange Server, I can see that it's up here, I have my own Inbox.
Down here at the bottom, this is the Outlook data file I was using in Outlook before I connected my Exchange Server up to it. So it's important to make sure that I'm using the right Inbox. So that's how easy it is to connect your company's Exchange Mail Account to Microsoft Outlook.
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