Create a new Profile (Identity) in Outlook v15

Outlook v15 uses the term Profiles not Identities.

In Outlook 2011, you could hold down the Option key when launching Outlook to open the Database Utility to create a new Identity. In Outlook v15 (Office for Mac 2016 Preview) see the following steps to create a new Profile (Identity).

Create a new Profile.

To create a new profile, in Finder, browse to the Application folder. Press CTRL and then click Microsoft Outlook to see the . . .

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How to recover your data when rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails

When rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails, you can recover your data. Outlook stores your data in the Data Records folder in your Identity folder.

~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 Identities/Main Identity/Data Records

If you restore your Identity from Time Machine or another backup and it fails to rebuild, or you upgraded to Service Pack 2 (SP2) 14.2.1 and you have missing data you can restore your data from your old Identity. ALWAYS WORK OFF A COPY . . .

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Identity crisis: Why won’t Outlook for Mac open its own messages!?

Oh, that dreaded “Outlook cannot open the file because it is not associated with the default identity” message! We see this when Spotlight finds an Outlook mail message and try to open it. It’s an Outlook message! Why won’t Outlook open its own messages!?

This problem is prevalent in the Microsoft Answers Outlook for Mac forum. After seeing it one more time this weekend I decided to add an entire page on the subject . . .

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Outlook cannot open the file because it is not associated with the default identity

Spotlight may display mail messages as part of a search result but Outlook for Mac may present the following error when attempting to open them:

Outlook cannot open the file because it is not associated with the default identity.

This problem occurs when Spotlight returns mail messages from an identity other than that which is currently set as the default for Outlook. Quite often these unassociated messages are from identities abandoned while troubleshooting an . . .

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Troubleshoot

Basics

Before you start testing:

First make sure you are updated. Many problems are solved by simply updating. Make sure you are using the latest versions for the Apple OSX and Microsoft Office. Restart your Mac. This often fixes many problems. Running Repair Permissions is another standard tool used to repair problems. One of the first steps many troubleshooters take when experiencing issues is to delete cache files and/or to check preference files for damage . . .

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Glossary

Terms used with Entourage, Outlook & Apple Account Archive (zip) “Archive and Install” of the Mac OS Autofil, Autocomplete or Most Recently Used (MRU) AutoUpdate (MAU) Daemons Database for Entourage Digital Signatures Domain Encryption File Extensions Identity/User IMAP and POP Accounts Invisible files Jargon Log Out/In Mac not MAC Mac BU MERP MBOX Microsoft AU daemon Microsoft User Data folder (MUD) Most Recently Used (MRU) a.k.a. AutoComplete list MVP Notifications Online Access Packages POP Accounts . . .

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Move your Entourage Identity to a new computer

Move your Entourage Identity to a new computer without Entourage installed. Move to a new computer that has an existing Entourage Identity. Import your old Identity to a new version of Entourage on your new computer. . . .

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