How to Run Outlook as Administrator in Windows 7


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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