We show you how to enable or disable the email notification box that appears in the Windows Taskbar whenever you receive a new message in Microsoft Outlook.
Note: This post is to enable or disable the notification box. For the sound notification, see our post Turn Mail Notification Sound On/Off in Outlook
Fix 1: Outlook Setting
- In Outlook, select the “File” menu.
- Select “Options“.
- Choose the “Mail” option in the left pane.
- Scroll down to the “Message arrival” section. Check the “Display a Desktop Alert” box if you want a notification box to appear when you receive an email. Uncheck it if you don’t want a notification box to appear. You can also choose “Show an envelope icon in the taskbar” if you wish.
Fix 2 – Windows Notification Settings
- Right-click a blank area on the taskbar, then select “Taskbar settings“.
- Scroll down to the area that says, “Notification area” and choose the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar“.
- Look for “Microsoft Outlook” entry. There may be several but look for the one that says “Microsoft Outlook – You have new unread e-mail messages.” and toggle it to the “On” position to enable it. Turn it “Off” to disable it.
Fix 3 – Check Notifications & Action Settings
- Select the Start button then type “notification“.
- Select Notifications & Action Settings.
- In the Notifications & actions section, ensure that Outlook is turned On or Off as desired.
Fix 4 – Disable Focus Assist
At certain times, the Windows Focus Assist feature may suppress certain notifications.
- Select the Start button and type “focus assist“.
- Select Focus Assist to open the settings.
- If you wish to have notifications displayed at all times, turn everything Off on this screen. Otherwise, you can leave the settings alone.
I hope one of the above fixes has helped you figure out your problems with Outlook notifications. Let me know if something worked for you in the comments section below.