Quick Start Guide 


Microsoft Outlook 2013 looks different from previous versions, so we created this guide to help you minimize the learning curve.



First things first: Add your account 


Before you can send or receive messages, you have to connect your email account. If your company uses Microsoft Exchange, Outlook 2013 will attempt to set up your email account for you. 


If you use Internet-based email (such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo!), enter your name, email address, and password to set up your account.



Change the Office Theme 


We've redesigned Office 2013 to provide a clean, uncluttered experience — like a blank piece of paper. If you want to see the different areas of Outlook more distinctly, you can change the Office Theme.


Use your File > Office Account settings to change the Office 2013 colour scheme for all of your computers, or use the Outlook Options to change the colour scheme on just this computer. You can choose from White, Light Gray, or Dark Gray.




Things you might be looking for 


Use the list below to find some of the more common tools and commands in Outlook 2013.




Mail isn't the half of it 


Communication is important, but your time is important, too. Outlook 2013 has updated how you manage your time, your people, and your tasks.



Create an email signature 


To create a new email signature, do the following: 


1. Click File > Options > Mail. Under Compose messages, click Signatures


2. In the E-mail Signature tab, click New, and then type a name for the signature. 


3. In the Edit signature box, type the text that you want to include in the signature, then use the built-in tools to format it.


If you’ve already created a signature, you can copy it from one of your sent messages and then paste it here.



Automatically add a signature to messages 


To automatically add a signature to new email messages, do the following: 


1. From any view, click File > Options > Mail. Under Compose messages, click Signatures


2. Under Choose default signature, choose the signature to add to New Messages. If you want, choose a different signature for Replies/forwards


3. To manually add a signature to a new message, from a new message, on the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click the signature that you want.