Minimize Outlook email to the notification area for efficiency

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  1. Try this trick to keep Outlook accessible and hidden
  2. Minimize Outlook to System Tray
  3. Use the registry to minimize Outlook
  4. What to do if Outlook is still showing on the taskbar?
  5. Restore Outlook after it has been minimized to the system tray
  6. Make sure the Outlook system tray icon is visible

Try this trick to keep Outlook accessible and hidden

If your Windows 10 taskbar becomes cluttered, but you prefer to keep Microsoft Outlook open all the time, remove it from the taskbar and hide it by reducing it to an icon in the Windows notification area.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365.

Minimize Outlook to System Tray

To minimize Outlook to the Windows system tray icon:

  1. Open Outlook.

  2. Go to the Windows system tray and right click on the icon Outlook .

  3. Select Hide when minimized . Checkmark for tag Hide when minimized indicates that Outlook is set to minimize to the system tray.

  4. Select in Outlook To collapse . Outlook disappears from the taskbar and reappears in the system tray.

Use the registry to minimize Outlook

If you prefer to make changes using the Windows registry, create a system restore point first and follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Go to the Windows taskbar and type in the search box regedit . Select run regedit command in search results.

  2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the folder HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice16.0OutlookPreferences .

  3. Select MinToTray to open the dialog Edit DWORD .

  4. in field Data value enter a to minimize Outlook to the system tray. Enter 0 to minimize Outlook using the taskbar.

  5. Select Okay .

  6. Close the Registry Editor.

What to do if Outlook is still showing on the taskbar?

If you still see the Outlook icon on the Windows taskbar, it may be pinned to it.

To remove a closed or minimized Outlook from the taskbar:

  1. Right click on the taskbar Outlook .

  2. Select Unpin from taskbar when it appears in the menu.

Restore Outlook after it has been minimized to the system tray

To reopen Outlook after it has been hidden from the taskbar and gone from the taskbar, double-click Outlook taskbar icon . Or right click the icon on the Outlook taskbar and choose Open Outlook .

Make sure the Outlook system tray icon is visible

To display and unhide the Outlook icon in the main system tray:

  1. Select arrow Show hidden icons on the taskbar.

  2. drag icon Microsoft Outlook from the extended tray to the main system tray.

  3. To hide the Outlook icon, drag it to the arrow Show hidden icons .

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