How do I remove the Outlook 2010 icon from my Windows 7 system tray / notification area?

Just for clarification: i really mean 'remove' and not 'hide'.

I have the icon in the taskbar and I don't need to see a second redundant Outlook icon in my tray.alt text

  • I've been trying to do this myself. There's sure as hell no options for it...
    – Shinrai
    Sep 30, 2010 at 16:46
  • There's an option in Options -> Mail -> Message Arrival called "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar". I have it unchecked and it still shows up... SMH
    – Jason
    Oct 21, 2010 at 21:32
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    @Jason - That is for when new mail arrives, not the actual Outlook icon that sits in the taskbar.
    – Paul
    Nov 28, 2010 at 18:58

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Right click taskbar and select properties. Under taskbar tab select "customize" then select which icons you want to show in system tray.

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    This only hides the icon from the direct view; when clicking the tray arrow, it is still there. Any alternatives? Sep 25, 2010 at 20:08
  • @Aron Rotteveel I have been looking through the registry for the specific key related to that icon but I cannot find it. Get into the registry and search NotificationArea and see what comes up, you might be able to figure out what key to change if you spend enough time changing values. Sep 26, 2010 at 4:48

An alternative is to right-click the icon and select "Hide when minimized", that way you won't have two icons at the same time. I know that's not a perfect solution.

Another option is to remove the taskbar itself through a registry hack. See this Howtogeek article for more information.

I cannot find anything in the registry that allows me to disable the actual icon on its own.


It is an all or nothing situation in that you can hide the whole notification tray (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779143(WS.10).aspx), but you can't hide individual items in the tray.


I found what seems to work – for me at least – at in KnockOut. It allows many controls of the Outlook process and icons.

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    And does it allow to remove the icon?
    – slhck
    Mar 23, 2012 at 8:26
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    KnockOut doesn't allow you to hide the Outlook tray icon. It only hides the New Mail tray icon, which you can easily do without knockout (just right-click the outlook tray icon & disable new mail alert). The other Outlook tray icon is still there. Nov 12, 2019 at 22:01

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