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Turn Off Desktop Email Alerts in Outlook 2010

If you have Outlook open all day while you’re working, it can be very distracting seeing desktop email notifications. Here we show you how to turn the feature off in Outlook 2010.

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Disable Notifications

With Outlook open click on the File tab to access Backstage View and click on Options.

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Now in Outlook Options click on Mail then scroll down to Message arrival. Then uncheck Display a Desktop Alert and click OK. If you don’t want a sound to play when an email arrives you can uncheck that as well.

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If you’re busy working on a project, having desktop email notifications popping up can be a huge distraction. Disabling them should help you get things done and improve productivity. If you’re an Outlook 2007 user check out our article on how to turn off desktop email notification in Outlook.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 07/20/10

Comments (2)

  1. Santo

    This is very useful tip. I had to turn it off primarily because of privacy concerns.

  2. Justin

    I was hoping to see how to disable for a particular account. I have three accounts set up in my outlook. One of them gets a lot of email that i can review at end of day and don’t necessarily need to be alerted on.

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