Turn off Outlook notifications and alerts

Posted on:  01/01/2017
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 Menard is a Senior Training Specialist at SurePoint Technologies. Chris is certified in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Menard has a YouTube channel with other 600 technology videos covering Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other resources that over 7 million viewers have very appreciated. Because of Chris's certification and expertise with Microsoft, Chris is a proud member of Microsoft's Creator Team. Being a member of Microsoft's Creator Teams means many of his videos are available on Microsoft 365 YouTube channel and Microsoft support websites.