Skip Navigation
 Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > IT Connect 

Configuring Outlook 2007 for Windows for UW Email

Note 1: UW Exchange Service
The Microsoft Collaborative Applications Initiative is currently underway to develop central support for MS Outlook and other products that use the UW Exchange server. The following text provides basic information on how to configure Outlook for use with IMAP email servers for people installing and configuring their own Outlook software. For more information about configuring and using Outlook, please contact your departmental technical support staff or send email to
Note 2: If You Are Also Using an Exchange Server
You may be using Outlook in an environment that includes a connection to an Exchange server. If you are using Outlook 2007 in this environment, you should not set up UW Internet Mail on your own. Please consult with your departmental computer support staff for help configuring Outlook 2007.

Summary: Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a personal information manager, group calendar, and email program that is included with Microsoft Office 2007. It can be used for a wide range of functions, including IMAP-based Internet email. This page explains how to properly configure Outlook 2007 for use as an email client with UW IMAP servers.

Included on this page:

Quick Reference For Experienced Users

If you are experienced configuring Web and email client software, just use the values in the Values Summary box below.

Use These Values to Configure Outlook 2007

When Outlook asks you for the: It is looking for the: You Enter: Advanced
Email address Your "@u." email address*
Incoming server UW IMAP Server*   Encryption is required
User name your mail account your_uwnetid
Root folder path
IMAP directory path mail
Outgoing mail server
UW SMTP server** 
Encryption and authentication are required
LDAP settings, Server name
UW LDAP server
LDAP settings, Search Base LDAP search root o=University of Washington, c=US

Where "your_uwnetid" is replaced by your actual UW NetID.

**If using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) OTHER than the UW then use the SMTP server configuration provided by your ISP.

Creating an Account in Outlook 2007

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. Click Tools and select Account Settings...

    Account Settings dialog

  3. Click "New..."

    Auto Account Setup dialog

  4. Check "Manually configure server settings or additional server types" and click "Next"

    Choose Email Service dialog

  5. Select "Internet E-mail" and click "Next"

    Email Settings Dialog

  6. Enter Your Name in the box labeled "Your Name"
  7. Enter in the box labeled "E-mail Address"
  8. Set the "Account Type" to IMAP
  9. Enter in the box labeled "Incoming mail server (IMAP)".
  10. Enter in the box labeled "Outgoing mail server (SMTP)".

    Note: If you use an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than the UW, you may need to use the SMTP server name it provides if fails. Contact your ISP for this information.

    For details, read Using an Outside ISP and About SMTP

  11. Enter your_uwnetid in the box labeled "User Name".
  12. Leave the box labeled "password" blank.
  13. Remove the check box next to "Remember password".
  14. Click "More Settings".

    Outgoing Server Settings Dialog

  15. In the window that appears, click on the "Outgoing Server" tab.
  16. Click the check box next to "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication".
  17. Confirm that "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" is selected.
  18. Click on the "Advanced" tab.

    Advanced Server Settings Dialog

  19. Under "Incoming server (IMAP)" select "SSL" for the box labeled "Use the following type of encrypted connection:".
  20. Confirm that the server port number for the incoming server changed to 993 (this will happen automatically when you check the box in the previous step).
  21. Change the port number to 587 under "Outgoing server (SMTP)", and select "TLS" for the box labeled "Use the following type of encrypted connection:".
  22. Change the "Server Timeouts" from 1 minute to 10 minutes by moving the slider all the way to the right.
  23. In the Folders section, in the box labeled "Root folder path", type mail.
  24. Click OK to close the "Internet E-mail Settings" window.
  25. Click "Next" in the "Add New E-mail Account" window
  26. At this point you will be prompted for your UW NetID password, to allow you to log in to your newly created account. Type your password in the box labeled "password", and click OK.

    You may be notified that the root folder path has changed, and that "Outlook has flushed all cached folders". This is normal. Click OK to continue.

  27. Click "Finish" in the "E-mail Accounts" window.

Account setup is done. Now, continue on to configure Outlook to behave properly with IMAP.

Configure Outlook to behave properly with IMAP

Note: These steps are very important. By default, Outlook will periodically check for new mail and check all subscribed folders. This places unnecessary load on our mail servers, which slows mail down for everyone. Within the IMAP configured environment a mail server will notify a desktop mail client as soon as the new message enters the INBOX.

Disable periodic new mail check

  1. Click Tools -> Options, and choose the "Mail Setup" tab.
  2. Click the Send/Receive button.
  3. Find "Schedule an automatic send/receive every XX minutes". line and remove the corresponding check mark.
  4. Click Close, then click OK.

    Send/Receive Settings Dialog

Remove unnecessary subscriptions 

  1. Click on one of your UW email folders.
  2. Click Tools -> IMAP folders

    IMAP Folder Settings Dialog

  3. Click Subscribed, then Query.  You should see a list of subscribed folders. We recommend that you not subscribe to any folders, because subscribing causes you to check the folder for new messages unnecessarily. Since most users need to monitor only their inbox, you don't need to use folder subscriptions.
  4. Click on any folders that have the subscription icon, then click Unsubscribe. To select all folder click the first folder, scroll down, hold down SHIFT key and click the last folder in the list.
  5. When all are unsubscribed, clear the check next to the option labeled "When displaying hierarchy in Outlook, show only subscribed folders."   This will allow you to see all your folders.
  6. Click OK and restart Outlook.

Purge Deleted Messages

Outlook in IMAP configuration does not delete messages. It merely marks them for deletion, so many people find after a while that their INBOX is clogged with megabytes of "deleted" mail.

"Deleted" messages have a strikethrough line. There are two ways to PURGE these messages.

   CAUTION! The procedure(s) outlined below will PERMANENTLY delete marked messages.

Purge deleted messages via a menu choice

  1. Purge deleted messages via a menu option.. In order to use this option one needs to be in the OUTLOOK email menu (not calendar or any other).
  2. Open Edit menu and select Purge Deleted Messages->Purge Marked Items in "[foldername]" command. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

Create a Purge Button on the Toolbar

  1. Open Tools  menu in Outlook.
  2. Select Customize.
  3. Select the Commands tab.
  4. In the left window pane select Edit in the Categories list.
  5. In the right window pane scroll down the until you find Purge Deleted Messages.
  6. "Grab" Purge Deleted Messages with your left mouse button and drag it up to the toolbar so that it will land just to the right of the "X" that deletes messages. A vertical marker line will indicate the correct position as illustrated below. Drop it between the "X" and the vertical, gray divider.

    Add Purge Button to the Toolbar

  7. After releasing your mouse, you have a new button named Purge Deleted Messages.   DO NOT close "Customize" dialog box.
  8. The name of the button may be too large. It may have caused some buttons to disappear from the right of the toolbar. Here is the new toolbar. Notice how wide the purge button is and how it caused buttons to drop off the right end:

    Edit the Purge button

    The remaining steps explain how to rename the button. The Customize dialog box must still be open to the Commands tab.

  9. Right-click Purge Deleted Messages button and edit the name of the button to have Purge only. Press ENTER on your keyboard to save the change.
  10. Close the Customize dialog box. This is the way your tool bar will look after all. Pressing Purge button will get rid of the marked for deletion messages.

    Edit the Purge button - step two

Configuring Outlook to Use the UW Directory Service (LDAP)

     The UW Directory Service can be used to look up UW email addresses by the name of the person.

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. Click Tools and select Account Settings.
  3. Click on the Address Books tab.
  4. Click the "New..." button
  5. Select Internet Directory Service (LDAP) and click Next.
  6. In the "Server Name" box, type

    Add the UW LDAP directory

  7. Click "More Settings"
  8. You will get a warning that "The E-mail Account you have just added..... then restart Microsoft Office Outlook". Click "OK".
  9. A new "Microsoft LDAP Directory" window will appear. Click the "Search" tab, and in the Search base field, type: o=University of Washington, c=US

    Edit the LDAP search parameters

  10. Click OK
  11. In the "E-mail Accounts" window, click Next, then Finish.
  12. Restart Outlook to activate the use of directory service.

Unlike Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook will not find your recipient automatically after you enter the name (can be partial)  in the To: line in the new mail message composer window. You have to trigger search by presing the "Check Names" icon on the tool bar of the new mail message window. If  the LDAP lookups don't work, make sure that the LDAP directory configuration is correct and all Microsoft Office updates Microsoft's Office downloads  are installed.

Configuring Microsoft Outlook for Use as a News Reader at the UW

Unlike many other "mail" clients, Microsoft Outlook cannot function as a "news" reader.

UnPOPing an accidentally POPped Inbox

A common occurence for people doing their own configuration is to identify the incoming mail server as a POP server rather than IMAP. The first time they connect to their UW Email their Inbox disappears when viewed from an IMAP client.

This mysterious event occurs because the Outlook default settings for POP mail include the option to remove the messages from the server and put them in a folder on your local computer. To get those messages back to UW Email, perform the following steps:

  1. Start Outlook 2007.
  2. Click Tools, Email Accounts, View or Change existing e-mail accounts. Click Next.
  3. Select the POP account (it will show "POP/SMTP" as its account type). Click Remove, then Yes to confirm.
  4. Create a New Account in Outlook 2007 (using IMAP, as above).
  5. Go to the Inbox that contains the messages that were downloaded from the POP setup. It should be the main inbox under "Personal Folders".
  6. Drag the messages you need to the IMAP account inbox (under your UW email account).
  7. When all the messages have been moved, connect to your email host (Homer/Dante) and use Pine to verify that the email has been copied to your account.
  8. You can now safely delete the messages from the Outlook local inbox.

Changing Your Password

If you have saved your email account password as part of the configuration of Outlook, then you will need to change that stored password to match your mail account password whenever you change the password associated with your UW NetID. If you don't change this stored password, you will get a "password error" when you attempt to connect to the mail server (because it is using the old stored password). Since regularly changing your UW NetID password is a recommended procedure, we do not advise you to store your password within your email program.

To change the password stored in MS Outlook:

  1. 1. Start Microsoft Outlook. Select on a tool bar "Tools -> Account Settings..." to view window that looks similar to the one below.
  2. Select the E-mail account you wish to modify and press the "Change..." button.

    Select your account

  3. Replace the entry in the "Password" field (which will always be shown as dots or asterisks with your new/current password as shown on the image below:

    Change your password

  4. 5. Click "Next", then close the window to apply this change. Verify that the UW email is accessible now.

If you need any further assistance, please contact UW Technology help at