How to Use Outlook to Access Lotus Notes

By Mercedes T. Green

In the past, it was necessary to use the Lotus Notes client to access email on a Lotus Domino server. The Microsoft Office Outlook Connector for IBM makes it possible to retrieve Lotus Notes emails, and to access your calendar, while using the Outlook email client. There are some limitations. For instance, you will need the Lotus Notes client to access databases, forms and documents stored in Domino because these will not display in Outlook.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Office Outlook Connector for IBM

Step 1

Open “Microsoft Outlook.” Select “Tools” and “E-mail Accounts” from the menu bar.

Step 2

Select “Add new e-mail account”. Select “Additional Server Types” from “E-mail Accounts” window.

Step 3

Select “Microsoft Office Outlook Connector for IBM Lotus Domino” from the pane beneath “Additional Server Types” in the “E-mail Accounts” window. Click the “Next” button.

Step 4

Click the “OK” button in the message “The E-mail Account you have just added will not start until you choose Exit from the File menu, and then restart Microsoft Outlook.” Restart Outlook.

Step 5

Enter the name of your Domino server under “Server name or IP address” in the “Outlook Connector for Domino: Configuration” window. Click the “OK” button.

Step 6

Click the “OK” button to accept the default entries in the “Offline Folder File Settings.” Click the “Yes” button, when prompted, to create the outlook.nst file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Confirm your company's policies with your Lotus Domino administrator before using Outlook to access Lotus email on a company-owned computer.