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How to show or restore the envelope icon in the notification area in Outlook?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2024-07-16

If you notice that the envelope icon no longer appears in the desktop notification area when you receive a new message in Outlook, it may be because the option to display the icon has been disabled. To ensure you are notified by this icon, you can easily enable it again. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to restore the envelope icon in the notification area.

Show or restore the envelope icon in the notification area in Outlook

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1. Open Outlook and click File > Options to enter the Outlook Options dialog. See screenshot:

2. In the Outlook Options dialog, click Mail from the sidebar. In the Message arrival section of the right pane, check Show an envelope icon in the taskbar box, then click OK.

By following these steps, the envelope icon will reappear in your taskbar whenever you receive new messages, helping you stay informed of incoming communications without needing to keep your Outlook window open.

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For anyone searching this in Outlook 2010 and saying, I already did that and it isn't working, you aren't crazy. I had to right click on the "Arrange By" bar and then click "View Settings". This will open up the Advanced View Settings, and from here click on "Columns". You will need to then find "Icon" in the Available Columns Field, highlight/click on it, and then click "Add ->" to move it to the "Show these columns in this order" Field. Click OK and voila, Envelope Icons are back. 
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That doesn't make it display in the system tray like it used to so it was staring me in the face. I still have to click on the hidden icons arrow to check for an envelope, so I may as well look at my Inbox.
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