How to Configure Outlook Email Notifications in Windows 10

Notification settings on Windows 10 laptop

When a new email arrives, you expect Outlook to show you a notification. If this doesn't happen, you lose out on speedy replies, fast business, quick updates, and instant fun.

The Outlook notification banner may not display in Windows 10 for one of two reasons: notifications are disabled altogether, or Outlook is not included in the list of applications that can send notifications. Both are easy to fix, and the near-instant gratification of notifications is back.

Enable Outlook Email Notifications in Windows 10

To turn on notification banners for new messages in Outlook with Windows 10:

  1. Open the Start menu in Windows.

  2. Select Settings.

    Settings gear icon in Windows 10 Start Menu
  3. Open the System category.

    System icon in Windows Settings
  4. Select Notifications & actions.

  5. Scroll to Get notifications from these senders.

  6. Scroll to Outlook.

  7. Make sure Notifications is enabled.

    Notifications & actions Outlook toggle
  8. Click on Outlook.

  9. Now make sure Show notification banners is enabled as well.

    Show notification banners toggle ON

See Previous Notifications From Outlook

To access new email notifications you missed, select the Notifications icon in the Windows taskbar. The icon appears white when you have unread notifications.

Notifications button in Windows 10

Change How Long Notification Banners Stay Visible

To configure the time for which notification banners like those for new emails in Outlook stay visible on screen before sliding out of view:

  1. Open the Start menu.

  2. Choose Settings from the menu.

  3. Go to the Ease of Access category. You can Search for this in the Settings Search box.

  4. Scroll to the bottom.

  5. Pick the desired time for Windows to show notifications in the popup under Show notifications for.

    Show notifications timing settings