Learn the Best Way to Make Sure Microsoft Outlook Stays Updated

Simple steps to enable updates in Microsoft Outlook

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It's important to always keep your software updated so that vulnerabilities are fixed and new features can be added.

When Outlook is updated, you can be sure that the newest advancements and available, any bugs are squashed, and patches are applied.

Follow the simple steps below to check for Outlook updates and make sure that updates can be automatically downloaded and applied.

Note: Outlook.com is Microsoft's online email client and does not need to be updated by you, but is instead always live and updated automatically.

The instructions below are for the Microsoft Outlook email program that's installed on a computer.

How to Enable and Check for Outlook Updates

  1. Access the File menu in MS Outlook.
  2. Choose Office Account.
  3. Click or tap the Update Options button.
  4. Select Update Now from the menu to check for new updates to Outlook.

    If you don't see this option, then updates are disabled; choose Enable updates.

Note: Lots of programs on your computer can be updated with a free software updater, but Outlook updates via Microsoft and therefore requires a different update routine.

How to View Outlook Updates

Microsoft keeps a list of Outlook updates on their website. Here's how to access them:

  1. Navigate to the File > Office Account menu.
  2. Select the Update Options button.
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose View Updates.
  4. A "What's new in Office 365" page will open in your default web browser that details recent changes to Outlook and other Microsoft programs.