About Outlook Web Access

Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a web page that allows you to access your UF Exchange mailbox. Because you can use a web browser to read and send mail, Outlook Web Access is useful whenever you are not using a workstation specifically setup to access your mailbox using Microsoft Outlook or other software. This could be when traveling or at your home workstation.

You can use Outlook Web Access with Microsoft Internet Explorer or many other browsers for UNIX, Apple Macintosh, or computers running Microsoft Windows. Outlook Web Access is an effective solution for people who require roaming, remote access, or cross-platform functionality.

Logging into Outlook Web Access

When you select Outlook Web Access from the menu at http://www.mail.ufl.edu, your browser will be directed to the signon page of Outlook Web Access. Sign on to OWA using your GatorLink username and password.

The default version of Outlook Web Access is the premium version. This full-featured version is optimized for use with Internet Explorer 6 and up. You may want to select the “Outlook Web Access Light” version if you are using Mac Safari, FireFox or an older version of Internet Explorer, or if you are at an Internet kiosk that runs locked down pop-up blocking. You may also want to use the light version for faster login times with slow connections or if you need additional accessibility features for reduced vision.

For security reasons, Outlook Web Access has a 24 hour timeout incorporated when using a non-shared (Private) computer and 20 minute timeout when using a shared (Public) computer. If you are the only person who uses the computer, select “This is a Private Computer”. If you lose a document because you were composing at the timeout, it may be in the “Drafts” folder. As usual, when composing or editing a document, you should save your work frequently to avoid possible loss of data.

Learning More about Outlook Web Access

For an overview of new features in Outlook Web Access for UF Exchange, see Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access