How to turn off Microsoft Outlook desktop notifications and reduce distractions while working

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How to turn off Microsoft Outlook desktop notifications and reduce distractions while working
Desktop notifications are meant to keep you updated and focused, but you can turn them off if they become distracting.Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock
  • You can turn off Outlook notifications through the app's general settings if your notifications become distracting or disruptive.
  • Microsoft Outlook can generate desktop notifications whenever you receive a new message, but the feature is easy to disable.

Going back and forth between your work and email to make sure you're not missing any urgent messages can be tedious, not to mention disruptive.

Microsoft Outlook takes away this stress through its desktop notification feature. Desktop notifications allow users to receive pop-up updates on their desktop when a new message arrives in their Outlook inbox, even if they don't have the email client open at the time.

Desktop notifications can be helpful if you want to stay abreast of your messages, but don't want to check your inbox every couple of minutes. But even the updates can get distracting, so here's how to toggle off desktop notifications in Outlook.

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How to turn off Outlook notifications

1. With your Outlook desktop inbox open, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your screen.

2. Choose "View all Outlook settings."

How to turn off Microsoft Outlook desktop notifications and reduce distractions while working
You can find the Settings gear in the same top menu as your email account icon.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

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3. Click on "General" in the column on the far-left.

4. Select "Notifications."

5. Scroll down to the "Desktop Notifications" section. If your Outlook notifications are on, the slider next to "Send me browser notifications when a message arrives" will appear blue and white.

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How to turn off Microsoft Outlook desktop notifications and reduce distractions while working
The toggle may also appear in colors similar to your chosen Outlook theme.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

6. Click the "Send me browser notifications when a message arrives" toggle. When the slider appears white and gray, your Outlook notifications are off.

How to turn off Microsoft Outlook desktop notifications and reduce distractions while working
Once you turn Outlook notifications off, you won't receive any notices on your desktop.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

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