Outlook uses the following four methods to alert you about new emails:
- Playing a sound
- Changing the mouse pointer
- Showing an email icon in the taskbar
- Displaying a banner alert in the bottom right of the screen (top right for macOS users)
All of these can be turned off completely:
- Launch Outlook
- Go to File > Options > Mail
- Scroll down to the Message Arrival section. You can turn any of the alerts on or off by checking or unchecking the corresponding boxes.
- Click the OK button to close the Options panel when you’re done.
Please note that you can only turn the alerts off or on.
Using Focus Assist on Windows 10
If you want no notifications at all for a period of time while you’re focusing on something else, Focus Assist is a built-in Windows tool that hides alerts from any (or all) apps at times and situations you choose.
You can access Focus Assist via the Settings panel:
- Press Windows+i on your keyboard to open up the Settings panel.
- Search for
focus assist, then select Focus Assist Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to the Automatic Rules section and turn on the options you want to enable.
Each option allows either Priority Only or Alarms Only, which can be amended by clicking the option and changing the Focus Level.
Alarms specifically refers to the alarms generated by clock or alert apps. If you don’t want to be disturbed at all, you can set the option to Priority Only and remove all priority apps.