Outlook 2011 for Mac doesn't automatically set up your email server settings for Exchange Online in Office 365

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When you use Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac in a Microsoft Office 365 environment, your email server settings aren't automatically set up for Microsoft Exchange Online.


This issue occurs if one of the following conditions is true:
  • An incorrect email address is used.
  • The Autodiscover CNAME record for the email domain doesn't exist or is set up incorrectly.


To resolve this issue, use one or more of the following methods, as appropriate for your situation.

Method 1: Make sure that the correct email address is used

Make sure that the correct email address is entered in the Auto Account Setup window.

Method 2: Make sure that the Autodiscover CNAME record exists for your email domain

When Autodiscover is set up correctly, you can automatically set up Outlook for Mac 2011 to access your account by using only your email address and password. For info about how to create the Autodiscover CNAME record, see Use a CNAME Record to Enable Outlook to Connect.

Note DNS record changes can take up to 72 hours to populate through the Internet.


Still need help? Go to the Office 365 Community website.


Article ID: 2459968 - Last Review: July 6, 2014 - Revision: 24.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Exchange Online
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