Customize Desktop Alerts

A Desktop Alert is a notification that appears on your desktop when you receive an e-mail message, a meeting request, or a task request.

Desktop Alert

To customize the behavior and appearance of Desktop Alerts, do one of the following:

ShowMove the Desktop Alert to a different location

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click E-mail Options.
  3. Click Advanced E-mail Options.
  4. Click Desktop Alert Settings.
  5. In the Desktop Alert Settings dialog box, click Preview.

A sample Desktop Alert is displayed on your desktop.

  1. Drag the Desktop Alert to the location you want.

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You can move the Desktop Alert to a different monitor if your desktop spans more than one monitor.

ShowChange the appearance of Desktop Alerts

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click E-mail Options.
  3. Click Advanced E-mail Options.
  4. Click Desktop Alert Settings.
  5. Under Duration, drag the slider bar to the number of seconds you want new Desktop Alerts to remain visible on your desktop.

 Note   You can have Desktop Alerts remain visible for as briefly as three seconds or for as long as 30 seconds. Although Desktop Alerts eventually fade, the new e-mail notification icon remains in the Outlook status bar to indicate that you have received new items in your default Inbox.

  1. Under Transparency, drag the slider bar to the transparency value you want.
  2. To check your settings, click Preview.

 Note   These settings also apply to the Desktop Alert that can be specified as a rule action.

ShowTurn off Desktop Alerts

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click E-mail Options.
  3. Click Advanced E-mail Options.
  4. Clear the Display a New Mail Desktop Alert (default Inbox only) check box.

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You can also turn off Desktop Alerts by right-clicking the Microsoft Outlook icon in the notification area, and then clicking Show New Mail Desktop Alert.

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003