Turn off Outlook notifications and alerts

Turn off Outlook notifications and alerts

An Outlook Desktop Alert is a notification that appears on your desktop when you receive a new email message, a meeting request, or a task request. By default, Desktop Alerts are turned on.

If you are doing a presentation or showing someone how to do something on your computer, I suggest you turn off Desktop Alerts.  Why? The same reason you don’t want someone reading your emails is the same reason to turn off Desktop Alerts. What if you are presenting and an alert appears about staff reductions or putting an employee on a Performance Improvement Plan.

To get to Outlook Desktop Alerts:

  1. On the File tab, choose Options > Mail.
  2. Under Message arrival, select or clear the Display a Desktop Alert check box.

Screenshot of Outlook's desktop alert

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Chris Menard

Chris is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor. He trains corporate clients in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. Menard is a speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs and the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Menard's YouTube channel has over 400 technology videos.