Older software can sometimes develop errors and cause problems when you try to run it on a new computer. If you’re running an older version of Microsoft Outlook on a computer with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system you can resolve compatibility problems by running Outlook in administrator mode. Set up Microsoft Outlook to run in administrator mode through the program’s Properties settings.
Click “Start” followed by “All Programs” and find Microsoft Outlook in the list of available programs.
Right-click the Microsoft Outlook icon and then click “Properties” in the context menu.
Click the “Compatibility” tab in the “Properties” dialog window.
Click the “Run This Program as an Administrator” check box. Click “OK.” This completes the procedure for computers with a single user. If the computer has multiple users, you'll need to also click the “Change Settings For All Users” option. This displays a further “Properties” dialog box for Outlook. Again, click the “Run This Program as an Administrator” check box. Click “OK” twice to save and implement your changes.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also access the "Properties" menu by right-clicking the Microsoft Outlook program icon on the desktop screen or desktop taskbar.
- Only give multiple users administrator level privileges if you trust them not to tinker with your program's settings.
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