How do you take Outlook out of offline mode?


Quick Answer

Uncheck the Work Offline option to bring Microsoft Outlook back online. You only need to open Outlook and have an Internet-ready computer connected to a network to get started.

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  1. Open Microsoft Outlook

    Open Microsoft Outlook from your desktop, task bar or Windows Start screen. Wait for the program to load.

  2. Uncheck the Work Offline option

    In Outlook 2003 and 2007, look for the offline message at the bottom of Outlook. Click the arrow next to the message, and check Online. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, click Send/Receive from the ribbon bar. If the Work Offline button is highlighted, click it to return Outlook to online mode. If Outlook continuously opens in offline mode, change your preferences.

  3. Start in online mode

    To keep Outlook 2003 and 2007 from opening in offline mode, click File, and select Account Settings. Highlight your account from the drop-down box, and click Change. Click the More Settings button, and select the General tab. Click Manually Control Connection State, and select Connect with the Network. Click OK, Next and Finish. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, select the Send/Receive tab, and enter the Preferences. Locate the option "Prompt me at startup so I may choose to work offline or online," and clear the check box.

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