How to Start Launching Microsoft Outlook

By Techwalla Contributor

Microsoft Outlook is a computer application that allows you to do basic organizational activities. For full versions of Outlook, you can send emails and attachments, schedule appointments on your calendar, manage an address book or contact list, keepi up with work tasks and make personal notes to yourself. Outlook Express is a mini-version of Outlook that was included with Windows versions up to Windows XP. It doesn't contain all the functionality that exists in the full version of Outlook. Nor does Outlook Express work in Vista and later operating systems.

Step 1

Navigate to the "Start" menu.

Step 2

If you don't see Outlook listed, then click on the "Programs" option to view a larger listing of applications. Look for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Microsoft Office. If you see Office, click on it to view another sub-listing where Outlook may be located. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

Step 3

Click on the desired Outlook option to launch the application and begin using it. An Outlook window should open for you to begin work on email, address book, calendar or other organization options depending on the window you chose to work with.

Step 4

If you receive an error "Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window," navigate to the "Start" menu and select "Run." In the Run dialog, type "Outlook.exe /resetnavpane" (without quotes) and click "OK." Note that there is a space between "Outlook.exe" and "/resetnavpane."

Tips & Warnings

  • If a desktop icon is installed on your computer, you can use it to launch Outlook in a single step. Depending on the version of Outlook, the icon appears as an illustration of an envelope to represent email or a clock to represent the calendar function. Double-click on the desktop icon to launch Outlook. Outlook subsequently opens in a window for you to begin work.