Set up your Exchange email account in Microsoft Outlook 2013 in a matter of minutes with auto-discovery. Outlook uses auto-discovery to attempt to automatically configure your Exchange email account during the account setup process. This means that you can configure your account by simply entering your email address and password in the Outlook Startup wizard.
Outlook Startup Wizard
The first time you launch Outlook, the Outlook Startup wizard runs. If you closed the wizard, you can add your Exchange account anytime from the Outlook File menu. If your Exchange server is not configured for auto-discovery, you can manually configure your account.
Auto-discovery is the quickest and most efficient way to set up your Exchange email account. To use the auto-discovery method, open Outlook, then click the “File” tab to display the File menu. Click the “Add Account” button in the Account Settings section to launch the Account Setup wizard. The Auto Account Setup screen opens.
Type your name in the Your Name field, then type your Exchange email address in the Email Address field. Note that if you are on a network, the Your Name and Email Address fields may automatically populate with your information. Click “Next.” Outlook automatically connects to Exchange and configures your email account. The Congratulations screen displays when the connection is made. Click “Finish” to close the wizard. You are now ready to use your Outlook client.
If your email system administrator requires additional setup steps, such as a security configuration for the enterprise network, you must use the manual method for setting up your Exchange account in Outlook. If auto-discovery fails, you will also need to use the manual method.
To manually configure your Exchange account in Outlook, open the client, then click the “File” tab to display the File menu. Click the “Add Account” button in the Account Settings section to launch the Account Setup wizard. The Auto Account Setup screen opens. Click the “Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types” option, then click the “Email Account” radio button. Click “Next.” Click “POP” or “IMAP” as your account type, then click “Next.”
Type your name in the Your Name field in the New Account dialog box, then type your Exchange email address in the Email Address field. Click the “Account Type” drop-down box, then click the same type of account you selected in Step 4. Type the “Incoming” and “Outgoing” server IP addresses or domain names in the respective fields. Type your email address in the Username field, then type your password for your Exchange account in the Password field. Check the optional “Remember Password” check box to save your password on the server. Click “Next.”
To enter the data for the SMTP server, click the “Outgoing Server” tab. Click the check box next to “My Outgoing Server (SMTP) Requires Authentication” check box if your SMTP server requires login credentials. Type your email address and password in the Username and Password fields. Click the “Require Secure Password Authentication” check box if the Exchange server uses secure authentication. Click the “Advanced” tab to enter Ingoing and Outgoing server port numbers, if required, then click “OK.” Outlook attempts to establish a connection with the Exchange server. A Congratulations message appears when the connection has been made.
If your name and email address auto-populates from your network login when setting up your email account, check the information, then click “Next” to continue if the information is correct. If you need to make any modifications to the auto-populated fields, click the “Manually Configure Server Settings or Additional Server Types” option to edit the fields and manually configure your account.
The Outlook auto-discovery feature can have your Exchange account set up in a matter of minutes. However, if your organization requires additional security protocols or settings, you must use the manual method to configure the email client.