Exporting to Outlook.com
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This article applies to the Email builder in all plans.
Level Up your Emails in Outlook
Beefree is all about creating beautiful emails fast. By connecting your Outlook Web and Beefree accounts, you can push your designs to Outlook with the push of a button.
You can connect the two applications in one of the following ways:
- Connect your Beefree and Outlook Web accounts before you start designing (from Settings)
- Connect the first time you need to send a specific template to Outlook (from Export)
This connector is only compatible with Outlook.com. If you are using a desktop version of Outlook on a Windows device, check out Importing to Outlook instead.
Sending HTML emails via Outlook is not a recommended best practice. Designs created in Beefree might not render correctly when sent through Outlook. For more information, jump to the notes section.
1. Connect from Workspace Settings
Go to Settings > Connectors.
Click the Connect button for Outlook Web.
Insert your info to connect.
2. Connect from Export
When your design is ready, click on the Export button found on the Email Details page. This option is also available from the actions menu for your email.
And then click on Push to your sending system.
A new window will display the list of the available connectors. Select Outlook Web and follow the steps to log in and connect it. If you have already connected, you will not be asked to do so again.
You'll find your exported design in the Drafts folder when you log into your account on Outlook.com.
Are you using buttons in the design you exported to Outlook.com? Make sure your button links use an HTTP:// or HTTPS:// prefix. Otherwise, your button might function as text.
If sending your emails through Outlook, we recommend designing simple, single-column designs. Unfortunately, Outlook has some limitations when used to send HTML emails. It's important to remember that Outlook is an email client rather than a sending platform. As a result, it may ignore, remove, or alter HTML elements from our code. This can cause rendering issues that we can't resolve.
Our tests indicate that Outlook makes quite a few changes to our source code. The most notable of these are the following removals:
- Any <style> tags in the head. This includes media queries we use to generate mobile-responsive designs.
- Any conditional comments in the source code. Ironically, the only conditional code we use at Beefree is VML, which targets Outlook clients. This can create unique rendering issues that only apply to recipients using Outlook.
Please use discretion when using the Outlook connector. Keep in mind that your email may not look or behave the way it did while testing in Beefree Pro. For the best compatibility, we recommend sending emails using a professional sending platform. However, we understand that this isn't feasible for everyone, which is why we offer this as an option.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.