How Do I Configure Outlook 2007/2010/2013 Using The AutoConnect (AutoDiscovery) Feature?


Microsoft Outlook 2007/2010/2013 AutoDiscovery is an Exchange Server 2007/2010/2013 feature which makes it so much easier to configure the Outlook 2007/2010/2013 profiles. The only information you need to know to set up Outlook 2007/2010/2013 using this feature is your email address and mailbox password. This is sometimes easier than using Outlook Profile Helper.


  1. A special DNS record must be configured for your domain in order for you to take advantage of the Outlook 2007/2010/2013 AutoDiscovery feature.
    Read the Knowledge Base article on What is an Autodiscover record and why do I need one? for more information.
  2. If you want to automatically enable Cached Exchange Mode (this may improve performance), you should use the Outlook Profile Helper. Outlook 2013 enables Cached Mode by default when configuring using AutoDiscovery feature. 
  3. If you want Outlook 2007/2010/2013 to be able to save your password, you need to use the Outlook Profile Helper.

Read the Knowledge Base article on What is Outlook Profile Helper? How do I use it? for more information.

To set up Outlook 2007/2010/2013 using the AutoDiscovery feature:

1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Mail > Show Profiles and click Add. You will see the New Profile window. Type a profile name and click OK.

2. Type your name, primary email address, and your mailbox password twice, then click Next

3. When you get a security prompt, check the box Don’t ask me about this website again and then click Allow.

4. You’ll then might be prompted for your user name and password. Enter your primary email address in the User name box and type your mailbox password.

5. Outlook 2007/2010/2013 will now discover your email server settings and configure itself to connect to your mailbox. Once it’s completed, you can click Finish. Now you can open your new profile in Outlook 2007/2010/2013.

Note: If you are configuring Outlook using the Autodiscovery feature, checkbox On fast networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP might be NOT checked. It can slow down Outlook performance. To check the box, check Change account settings (above screenshot) > Next > More Settings > Connection > Exchange Proxy settings.

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