Opening Outlook for the First Time in Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

Opening Outlook for the First Time in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

The very first time you open Outlook 2011 for Mac, you’re greeted with the welcome screen. You can see Outlook 2011’s six major new features immediately by clicking the What’s New button in the welcome screen and reading a brief description of each new feature.

Other options from the Welcome screen are as follows:


  • Explore Outlook: Click this button to visit the Microsoft Outlook 2011 Web site in your default Web browser.

  • Add Account: Click this button if you aren’t upgrading from Entourage, Outlook, or another e-mail program. This option is for starting off completely fresh. Add Account opens the Accounts dialog.

  • Import: This is the same as choosing File→Import from the menu bar while Outlook is running. Choose this option to import any of the following into Outlook:

    • Outlook data file from Windows or the really old Outlook for Mac.

    • Entourage information from an Entourage archive file or Entourage.

    • Information, such as contacts, from another application.

    • Contacts or messages from a text file.

    • Add holidays to your Outlook calendar.

  • Close: Closes the welcome screen and runs Outlook.

    • If your computer had Entourage 2004 or Entourage 2008 on it, Outlook automatically upgrades your Identity and then runs Outlook.

    • If your computer didn’t have Entourage 2004 or 2008 Identities to upgrade, Outlook simply runs with an empty Identity when you choose this option.

Usually, you get to see the welcome screen only once, but if you want to see it again, choose Help→Welcome to Outlook from the menu bar.