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How to turn on/off the alert when emails arrive in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-24

Typically, Outlook alerts you with a notification in the lower-right corner of your desktop whenever you receive a new email. However, if you receive many emails in a short period, constant alerts can become distracting and may hinder your work efficiency. In such instances, it may be beneficial to temporarily disable these email arrival alerts in Microsoft Outlook. This guide will show you how to easily manage these notifications to suit your needs.


Turn on/off the alert when emails arrive in Outlook

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This section is guidance about how to turn on or off the alert when email messages arrive in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013.

Step 1: Click the File > Options.

Step 2: Click the Mail in the left bar.

Step 3: Go to the Message arrival section, to turn off the alert:

  1. Uncheck the Play a sound option;
  2. Uncheck the Briefly change the mouse pointer option;
  3. Uncheck the Show an envelope icon in the taskbar option;
  4. Uncheck the Display a Desktop Alert option.


Note: To turn on the alert of message arrival, please check all four options above.

Step 4: Click OK to finish setting.

And now no more alerts will come out on your desktop when new email messages arrive.

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These are standard instructions that most people figured out before they reported having problems. They seem unaware of the bug in Outlook. I have all four notification boxes unchecked. Even so, every new email puts a box in the center of the screen that steals focus. Whatever I happen to be typing at the time has to be retyped. Is anyone aware of a fix?
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Same nasty problem!!!
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I am not getting the Display a desktop alert, the box is checked. I am getting the sound and the envelop, just not the preview. Can you help?
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