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Lesson 3. Understanding the Outlook Conf... > Making Your Installation Decision

Making Your Installation Decision

While the choice of Outlook installation will mainly be dictated by how you connect to electronic mail and other shared resources (Internet Only or Corporate installation), you do have the option of using either of the configurations even if you only plan to connect to the Internet and use Internet email.

While the Internet Only configuration is best suited for Internet connected users, you may find that you want to use the Corporate installation so that you can take advantage of the faxing capabilities of Microsoft Fax (remember, WinFax is installed with the Internet Only configuration and is not quite as flexible a fax tool as Microsoft Fax). Choosing the Corporate installation for a computer connecting to the Internet via a service provider would mean that you will want to set up the Internet Only service and forgo setting up any other electronic mail services such as Exchange Server or Microsoft Mail.

Whichever installation you adopt, remember that this will give a certain look and feel to the Outlook configuration. For instance, the Internet Only configuration does not have a Services command on the Tools menu. You will also find that the Options dialog box (see Figure 3.6) will have more tabs available than the Internet Only installation because of the additional Outlook functions provided by the Corporate installation. For more information on configuring Outlook, see Lesson 24, "Customizing Outlook."

Figure 3.6. The Customization options available to you in Outlook depends on the type of installation you chose when initially setting up Outlook on your computer.


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Reconfiguring Your Mail Support If you find that you've configured Outlook for one of the email configurations, such as Internet Only email, and would like to switch to the other configuration (Corporate), you can reconfigure your mail support without reinstalling Outlook. Select Tools, Options. On the Options dialog box that appears select the Mail Services tab. Then click the Reconfigure Mail Support button. The Outlook E-Mail Services screen opens. This is the same screen that appears the first time you start a new installation of Outlook (described in the "Installation Considerations" section of this lesson). Select the type of email installation you want to have and then follow the prompts to reconfigure your email setup for Outlook. You might need to place the Office 2000 or Outlook 2000 CD in your CD-ROM drive if prompted for installation files.


In this lesson you learned about the Internet Only and the Corporate email configurations for Outlook 2000. In the next lesson, you learn the various Outlook tools such as the Outlook bar.

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