How to Access an Exchange Server From Home Using Outlook

By Chad Davis

You must configure Windows Mail Account settings to add a new exchange account to Outlook.
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Staying on top of important communications is crucial for your organization. If you need access to your exchange account from home, you should first contact your system administrator for server and configuration information. Outlook Anywhere makes it possible to connect your Outlook email client to your company's exchange server. Using Windows Mail Account Settings, you can add a new Exchange account to Outlook. Once configured, Outlook will be able to access your exchange account's email, calendar, contacts and tasks whenever you have an active Internet connection.

Close Microsoft Outlook, if it is already running.

Press "Windows-F" on your keyboard to open the Windows Charm search menu.

Type "mail" into the search box.

Click "Settings" from the Charms menu to filter search results.

Click "Mail" from the list of search results.

Click the "E-Mail Accounts…" button to open Account Settings.

Click the "E-Mail" tab, then click "New…"

Click the "Manual Setup or Additional Server Types" radio button, then click "Next."

Click the "Microsoft Exchange Server or Compatible Service" radio button, then click "Next."

Enter your company's exchange server address into the "Server" field. Some exchange servers are formatted with "owa" as the subdomain, followed by your organization's main domain. For example, "". Contact your system administrator for more information.

Enter your username into the "User Name" field. Your username is generally the first part of your email address --preceding the "@" suffix.

Click "Next," then click "Finish" to complete the account configuration.

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Click the "Send/Receive" tab, then click "Send/Receive All Folders." Wait for the send and receive process to complete for all folders.

Click the "Inbox" of your exchange account from the sidebar. Your exchange account inbox will be displayed. You can now send and receive email using your organization's email account via Outlook.


Some servers require that you uncheck the box next to "Use Cached Exchange Mode" under Offline Settings. Contact your system administrator for more information.


Your organization's exchange server must be configured to allow remote connections before you can access your email from home.

Exchange server information changes periodically and may require you to update your account settings in Outlook. Microsoft Exchange servers with the Autodiscover service enabled will automatically reconfigure your account settings in Outlook when changes occur to the server.

Information in this article applies to Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Microsoft Exchange 2013. Processes may vary with different products.