Office 2011 for Mac: Add Directory Accounts to an Outlook Identity

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

You manage accounts in Outlook 2011 for Mac within an Identity using the Account dialog. To activate the Account dialog, click Add Account on the welcome screen; or, in Outlook, choose Tools→Accounts from the menu bar. If you already have an e-mail account within an Identity, you can add more accounts, one at a time.

A directory is a list of contacts provided in standard LDAP format, typically for a large organization or entity. If you add a directory account to Outlook, the contacts will be automatically available as you type e-mail addresses, and you will be able to search the directory to find individuals. You will need to obtain the LDAP directory settings from the server administrator prior to attempting to add the server to your Outlook accounts.

To add an account, take these steps:

  1. In Outlook, choose Tools→Accounts from the menu bar.

  2. Click the plus (+) sign in the lower-left corner. Choose Directory Service from the pop-up menu.

  3. Enter the name of the LDAP server and then click Add Account.

    The account is added to the list of accounts in the Account dialog, and the account settings display on the right.

  4. (Optional) Click the Advanced button.

    Advanced settings display. Adjust settings as required for the LDAP server. In the Search Base field, typically you enter something like c=US for a United States Server and o=Organization’s name.