How to Configure Outlook Email Notifications in Windows 10

Configuring Notifications in Windows 10
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When a new email arrives, you expect your trusty old Outlook to show you (and sound out maybe) a notification. If it does not come, you lose out on speedy replies, fast business, quick updates and instant fun.

If the Outlook notification banner does not come in Windows 10, it is chiefly 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 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.
  3. Open the System category.
  4. Now select Notifications & actions.
  5. Make sure Show app notifications is enabled under Notifications.
  6. Click Outlook under Show Notifications from these apps.
  7. Make sure Notifications is enabled.
  8. Now make sure Show notification banners is enabled as well.

See Previous Notifications from Outlook

To access new email notifications you missed:

  1. Click the notifications icon in the Windows taskbar.
    • The icon appears white when you have unread notifications.

Change a How Long Notification Banners Stay Visible

To configure the time for which notification banners like those for new emails in Outlook will 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.
  4. Open Other options.
  5. Pick the desired time for Windows to show notifications on the screen under Show notifications for
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