How to Allow Outlook 2013 to Connect to the Internet

We have previously written about enabling or disabling the weather bar in Outlook 2013, but there is a specific situation where the setting for the weather bar is not even available.

This can occur when a privacy option in Outlook 2013 is turned off, which prevents the program from connecting to the Internet.

Since the weather information comes from the Internet, the ability to turn the weather bar off or on is useless until an Internet connection exists.

Fortunately, you can re-enable Outlook 2013 to connect to the Internet by following a few short steps.

Our guide below will walk you through those steps so that you can freely enable or disable the Outlook weather bar to suit your preferences.

Enable or Disable Internet Access for Outlook 2013

Note that this setting only prevents or allows Outlook to connect to Microsoft’s servers for application-related information.

Outlook will still be able to connect to your email server to send and download emails regardless of whether this setting is enabled or disabled.

Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a new window called Outlook Options.

open the options window

Step 4: Click Trust Center at the bottom of the left column in the Outlook Options window.

select the trust center

Step 5: Click the Trust Center Settings button at the bottom of the right panel of this window. This is going to open a new Trust Center window.

open the trust center

Step 6: Click Privacy Options in the left column of the Trust Center window.

select privacy options

Step 7: Check the box to the left of Allow Office to connect to the Internet, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

choose to allow office to connect to the internet

You can then click OK at the bottom of the Trust Center and Outlook Options windows to close them and return to Outlook.

Now that you know how to let Outlook connect to the Internet, you can fix issues that may have arisen because the application was offline.

Would you like Outlook 2013 to check for new messages more frequently? Click here to learn how you can change settings to do so.

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