Minimize Outlook

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003

By default, all minimized Outlook windows and items are displayed on the taskbar. When Outlook is running, the Outlook icon also is displayed by default in the notification area (also known as the system tray) at the far right of the taskbar. You have a few choices for minimizing or displaying Outlook.

Minimize Outlook to the taskbar

Show or hide the Outlook taskbar button on the taskbar

Show or hide the Outlook icon in the notification area (system tray)

Minimize Outlook to the taskbar

 Note   The notification area feature was introduced with Microsoft Windows XP and is not available in Microsoft Windows 2000 or earlier. The notification area is also known as the system tray.

You can change the default setting to hide the taskbar button, so that it only shows as an icon in the notification area. You can also hide the icon in the notification area.

Outlook icon in notification area

The Outlook icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

The default settings are to display the Outlook taskbar buttons and icon. Therefore, if you are not seeing an Outlook button or icon, it might have been turned off.

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Show or hide the Outlook taskbar button on the taskbar

You can hide the Outlook taskbar buttons to conserve space on your taskbar. When you hide the Outlook buttons, the Outlook icon is displayed only in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.

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Show or hide the Outlook icon in the notification area (system tray)

  1. Right-click the notification area, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
  2. On the Taskbar tab, click Customize.

 Note   If Customize is unavailable, you must first select the Hide inactive icons check box under Notification area.

  1. In the Name column, click Microsoft Office Outlook.
  2. In the Behavior column, in the list, click Always hide, Always show, or Hide when inactive.
  3. Click OK twice.

Customize Notifications dialog box

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Applies to:
Outlook 2003