Startup Options

The easiest way to start Outlook is to double-click on the desktop icon. That either launches Outlook or prompts for selection of a profile if multiple profiles are configured. However, there are several other ways to launch Outlook.

If you prefer to launch Outlook when your computer boots, you can copy the desktop icon to your Startup folder.


If you're in a corporate environment, check with your systems administrator before using the Startup folder technique. Some systems administrators prefer that no programs load automatically when your computer boots.

The method you use to place the Outlook icon in the Startup folder depends on your operating system. For Windows 2000:

On the Windows Taskbar, select Start, Settings, ...

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