What to Know

  • Go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Toggle on Outlook notifications, then turn on Show notification banners.
  • Access new email notifications from the Notifications icon on the taskbar.
  • Set notification duration time: Go to Settings > Ease of Access. Select Show notifications for and then choose a time.

This article explains how to set up Outlook email notifications in Windows 10 so you’re alerted when a new email arrives in your Outlook inbox. Instructions cover Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013; and Outlook for Microsoft 365.

Turn on Outlook Email Notifications in Windows 10

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

  1. In Windows 10, select Start icon.

  2. Select Settings (gear icon).

    Settings gear icon in Windows 10 Start Menu

  3. Select the System category.

    System icon in Windows Settings

  4. Select Notifications & actions.

    Notification settings within Windows 10.

  5. Scroll down to the Get notifications from these senders section.

    Scrolling to the notifications from senders section in Windows 10.

  6. Scroll to Outlook.

    Viewing the Outlook icon within notifications and actions settings in Windows 10.

  7. Turn on the Outlook Notifications toggle.

    Notifications & actions Outlook toggle

  8. Select Outlook.

  9. Turn on the Show notification banners toggle.

    Show notification banners toggle ON

  10. Close the Settings window.

Illustration of a person configuring Outlook notification settings

See Previous Notifications From Outlook

To access new email notifications, go to the Windows taskbar and select the Notifications icon. The icon is white when there are 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.

    Selecting the settings icon in Windows 10.

  3. Select the Ease of Access category.

    Viewing the Windows Setting panel in Windows 10.

    If you don't see the Ease of Access category, search for this category in the Settings Search box.

  4. Scroll to the Simplify and personalize Windows section.

  5. Select the Show notifications for dropdown arrow and choose the desired time for Windows to show notifications.

    Show notifications timing settings

  6. Close the Settings window.

Don't like the default Outlook notification sound? You can change it FAQ

  • How do you schedule an email in Outlook?

    To schedule an email in Outlook, compose your message and select Options. Under More Options, select Delay Delivery. Under Properties, select Do not deliver before and pick a time and date. Go back to your email and select Send.

  • How do you add a signature in Outlook?

    To create a signature in Outlook, go to Settings, then choose View all Outlook settings. Select Mail Compose and reply. In the Email signature section, compose and format your signature.

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