How to mute and turn off Outlook incoming desktop alerts in Office 365?

Here’s a question from a reader:

Just finished to setup Outlook in my computer, and started to get some emails from different people. One thing i notice is that i started also to receive those small black alerts that keep popping up on my Windows 10 desktop. I don’t recall those appearing on Windows 7. The alerts also play an annoying beep sound. I have also noticed that small envelope popping up in the right side of the task bar whenever unread email is available for me to start reading. So i guess my question to you guys is whether there a way for me to turn off Outlook notifications and sounds. Looks like my incoming notification settings seem not to match the ones i have in Gmail.

Mute notifications in Outlook for Windows

To turn off your Outlook 365 desktop alerts proceed as following:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Hit File and then Options , then select Mail.
  3. In the Message arrival section go ahead and uncheck the following boxes: Display a Desktop Alert and Play a Sound.
  4. Note that you can also hide the envelope icon in your right hand side desktop bar.
  5. Once done, hit OK.

Note: couple of readers asked us whether it’s possible to turn off and cancel Outlook new email notifications; however keep those notifications when incoming email from certain people hit your inbox. Basically, the process outlined above will suppress notifications for all your inbox emails and can’t be overwritten. That said, you could potentially define a new Outlook rule that will route email to a specific folder that you’ll create, say Important Email, and then you could write a short VBA macro that will pop up a notification when a new message hits that folder.

Turn off sounds and alerts in Outlook on macOS

  1. Open Outlook for macOS.
  2. Hit Outlook, and then select Preferences.
  3. Then under Personal Settings, go ahead and hit Notifications and Sounds.
  4. In the Message Arrival section un-check the ” Display an Alert on my Desktop” check box.
  5. Then, under Sounds, un-check all applicable, as shown below. Note that i also cancelled any reminder and sent messages alert sounds.
  1. Once done, close the dialog.

Reinstating your default notification settings

If you are interested to revert the changes you have mode just modify the settings mentioned above. Outlook will immediately reinstate the desktop alerts for you.

Muting Teams Notifications

Readers asked me about suppressing banner notifications from Microsoft Teams and how that is done. Here’s a useful blog post on how to mute Microsoft Teams pop ups.

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