This blog provides information and detailed instructions to set up or configure an Exchange account in the Microsoft Outlook application.

Microsoft Outlook application allows configuration of multiple email accounts like Gmail, Office 365, IMAP, Exchange Server, and more and provides the synchronization facility. Here, we are giving the process to add Microsoft Exchange in Outlook 2013 manually.

Note: There is no provision for setting up an Exchange Account manually in Microsoft Outlook 2016 and 2019 versions.

Manually configure Microsoft Exchange account in Outlook 2013

Before going to the steps to configure Microsoft Exchange account in Outlook 2013, please confirm the following pre-requisites.

  • Exchange Server is ON and is available
  • Exchange Services are running
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 is installed on the Exchange client machine

After ensuring all the above requirements, perform these steps to add Microsoft Exchange account in Outlook 2013 manually.

  1. Open Control Panel on your Exchange client machine. Click on the Mail option. Open Control Panel
  2. On the Mail Setup page, click on Show Profiles option. Show Profiles
  3. Click Add to create a new profile. Then type any profile name and click OK. Create a new profile
  4. Next, the Add Account page will get opened. Select Manual setup or additional server types and click Next. Select Manual setup
  5. Choose Service as Microsoft Exchange Server or compatible service and click on Next. Choose Service as Microsoft Exchange Server
  6. Under the Server Settings section, add your Exchange Server name, Username, and then click on Check Name option. Using the Autodiscover feature in Exchange Server, the Exchange Server and Username address are successfully verified and added. Click Next. It may ask you to add the credentials for this Username along with the password; please provide it to continue. Add the credentials for this Username
  7. The added account will start configuring, and then it will display the confirmation message. Click Finish to confirm again. confirmation message
  8. Next, in the opened Show profiles page on Mail, select your created profile from the list under Always use this profile section and click OK. select your created profile
  9. Go to your Account Settings and check if the currently added account is Set as Default. If not, please set it to default by selecting it and clicking on Set as Default option. click on Set as Default option
  10. Now, open your Microsoft Outlook application. You can now view and access the just configured Exchange Server user account. Just configured Exchange Server user account

Now, you have the desired Exchange account configured in your Outlook email client and all the data saved as an OST file in offline mode (if the Cached Exchange Mode is enabled). In addition to facilitating offline working, the OST file works as a backup file for you to access the lost or deleted Exchange data again after converting it to PST file format.

Though you can try free methods to convert OST to PST file, these methods are not at all reliable or secure. For your help, we suggest an advanced converter tool that offers to convert OST to PST files efficiently without any need for the Exchange Server availability. Kernel for OST to PST tool is an OST converter tool which offers conversion of even corrupted or orphaned OST files in no time. It lets users preview OST data for selective data recovery. Other than conversion to PST file format, the tool provides OST data migration to Office 365, Exchange Server, Gmail, and more.

Kernel for OST to PST home screen


The blog has described the complete method to manually add Microsoft Exchange in Outlook 2013. It also offers an advanced OST converter tool to convert your OST files into PST format for accessing in difficult situations or use it as a backup for Exchange data.