Overview of the Email System

Access your uOttawa email account from any Internet-connected browser


MS Exchange/Outlook Users (Employees only)

MS Exchange is the University’s centrally managed email and calendaring server.

Mailbox Users (Employees)

Mailbox is the centrally managed email server intended for use by employees.

Outlook for the Web for Employees
Login to read email: https://mail.uottawa.ca/owa

uOttawa webmail
Login to read email: www.uottawa.ca/email

Use Outlook for the Web for Employees to:

  • Change your password
  • Set/remove Out of Office Assistant message

And Outlook to:

  • Check your account information (space used)
  • Set/remove Out of Office Assistant message

Use uOttawa’s Email Account Management system to:

  • Change your password
  • Check your account information (space used)
  • Configure your spam filtering level
  • Set/remove vacation messages
Account Space Management

Keep track of the space being used in your MS Exchange account from within the Outlook client:

  • Right-click on the “Mailbox – username” folder in the folder navigation pane
  • Choose Properties for “Mailbox – username
  • Click the Folder Size button
  • Look at Total Size (including subfolders). This number should not exceed 250,000 Kb (Mailbox), 8Gb (Exchange).

Conserve space by:

  • Deleting any items that you are no longer using or move them to your Personal folder file (.pst).
  • Cleaning up your Sent Items folder
  • Searching for large email that can be moved or deleted
    • Click on Search Folders in the folder navigation pane
    • Choose New Search Folder
    • Choose Large mail under the “Organizing Mail” header
    • Choose your Mailbox account next to “Search mail in:”
    • Click Ok 
  • Emptying the Deleted Items and Junk Email folders

Items in all of your mailbox folders including the Deleted Items and Sent Items folders count against your size limit.

Minimum system requirements

Minimum Web browser requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 7 or later
  • Firefox 12 or later
  • Safari 5.1 or later
  • Chrome 18 or later

Minimum Operating System requirements:

  • Windows Vista
  • Mac OS X or higher

Minimum software requirements to use advanced Exchange Features:

  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010 with KB2965295
  • Outlook for MAC for Office 365
  • Outlook for MAC 2011

Minimum mobile requirements:

  • Windows 8 tablet
  • iOS 5 or later
  • Android 4.0 or later
Exchange, Outlook on the Web - Self-help resources
  • Include a clear and specific subject line.
  • Edit any quoted text down to the minimum required.
  • Read through your message 3 times before sending it.
  • Think about how the recipient(s) might react to your message.
  • Check spelling and grammar. Use your software’s spellchecker!
  • Don’t curse, flame, spam or USE ALL CAPS.
  • Don’t forward chain letters.
  • Don’t use email for any illegal or unethical purpose.
  • Don’t rely on the privacy of email, especially from work, but respect the privacy of others.
  • When in doubt, save the message overnight and reread it in the light of dawn before pressing the "Send" button.
Tips & Best Practices
  • Don't put confidential, personal or emotional content when replying to an email.
  • Use Forward instead of Reply. Many a person has rued replying personal comments to a listserv instead of to a person. When replying to an email, always verify the To: field to ensure that you are replying to the intended recipient and not a list.
  • Keep your address book up to date to easily track coordinates of clients and colleagues.
  • Ensure your emails are grammatically correct by using the spell checker in your email software and by copying and pasting your email into Word to perform a grammar check. Once done, paste the results back into your email.
  • For information you send out repeatedly, consider making a template file that you can copy and paste into your emails, and then make small, personalized changes as required. This will reduce the likelihood of having grammatical or spelling errors.
  • If you automatically add someone to a listserv (an email address that reaches many people), make sure you give instructions on how they can be removed.

End all your emails with a business card. 
We suggest creating two separate signature files (one to be used for communications within the university and the other for external communications) in the following format:

Internal FormatExternal Format
Full nameFull name
Job titleJob title
Dept/FacultyInstitution's name
Dept/Faculty URLInstitution’s URL and/or Dept/Faculty URL
Email addressEmail address
Telephone/cellular number (including area code)Telephone number (including area code)
Fax number (including area code)Fax number (including area code)
Building namePostal address
Email Time Management
  1. Schedule set times each day to check your email. 
    e.g., 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m.
  2. Choose a time and place where you’ll have minimal interruptions.
  3. Set reasonable time limits for each session (1/2 hour min.)
  4. Filter spam by configuring the university’s anti-spam filter tool. (Mailbox users only. MS Exchange does this automatically.)
  5. Sort messages by:
    1. Separating personal email from work email through the use of filters. Only focus on work-related messages during your sessions.
    2. Scanning through the subject headings and sender tags to quickly determine what can be deleted immediately.
    3. Sorting the email by date starting with the most recent email (issues may already have been addressed; discussions may all be contained in one message, etc.) Also look for those with indicators of importance such as those with priority flags.
  6.  Process remaining messages by performing one of the following actions:
    1. Delete it
    2. Archive it
    3. Defer it for later response
    4. Generate an action from it
    5. Respond to it immediately (only if it will take less than 2 minutes or is so earth-shattering that it just can’t wait)

Google Apps users (Students)

Please note: Webmail is replaced by Google Apps. New students will use Google Apps.

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