Change Outlook 2013 Account Settings during Setup

By Faithe Wempen

If Outlook 2013 can’t successfully detect your mail settings after you follow the steps in the preceding section, you may have to change the settings manually.

If you’re configuring a POP3 e-mail account and you see a message saying Your IMAP account has been successfully configured, you need to change the account type, which is part of the manual settings you can adjust. You also need to specify a data file in which to store the messages. (IMAP accounts don’t require a data file because they store messages only on the server.)

You must change the mail server type before clicking Finish as you’re configuring the new account. Outlook won’t let you change the server type afterwards. Follow these steps to manually configure settings:

  1. In the Add Account dialog box, select the Change Account Settings check box (if it isn’t already selected) and click Next.

    The Choose Service screen of the Add Account dialog box appears.

  2. Select POP or IMAP and click Next.

    The POP and IMAP Account Settings screen of the Add Account dialog box appears, as shown in this figure.


  3. Open the Account Type drop-down list and select POP3 if it isn’t already selected.

  4. In the Deliver New Messages To area, specify a data file in which to store your messages. Select one of these two options:

    • Existing Outlook Data File: Select this option and then click Browse and locate the existing data file to save to.

      If Outlook 2013 was installed from scratch on this PC, or if it replaced Outlook 2010 as an upgrade, the path to your existing data file is probably C:UsersusernameDocumentsOutlook FilesOutlook.pst or C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftOutlookemail-address.ost (where username is your login name in Windows and email-address is an e-mail address you have already set up).

      If you upgraded to Outlook 2013 from Outlook 2007 or earlier, the path probably is C:usersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftOutlook (where username is your login name in Windows).

      If the AppData folder doesn’t appear, you have to enable the display of hidden files and folders in Windows. To do so in Windows 8, open any File Explorer window and, on the View tab, select the Hidden Items check box.

      In Windows 7, open a Computer window (Start→Computer) and choose Organize→Folder and Search Options. The Folder Options dialog box appears. On the View tab, select the option labeled Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives and then click OK.

    • New Outlook Data File: Select this option if you want to allow Outlook to create a data file just for the messages you receive from this account.

  5. Complete the setup by using the correct server type and settings, click Next, and then click Finish.