Hide Outlook 2010 In Windows 7 Taskbar System Tray

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Many users prefer using Outlook at all times and running it from the system tray makes sense. Before Outlook 2010, users required Hide Outlook, a small utility that could hide the Outlook 2003/2007 window to the system tray. Not only could it hide, but users could also control a small aspect of Outlook.

You can use this app in Outlook 2010 as well but you don’t actually need it. This is because Microsoft has now introduced a system tray icon in Outlook 2010, it is a small yet huge improvement.

When you start Outlook 2010, you will see a small system tray icon. Right-click it and select “Hide When Minimized” option from the context menu.

outlook 2010 system tray context menu

Now the next time you minimize your Outlook 2010 window, it will be minimized to the system tray rather than taskbar.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 system tray

The icon will be updated from time to time, for example the Outlook 2010 icon shown in the screenshot above tells that it is synchronizing folders.

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  • yochanan

    Outlook 2007 also has the Hide When Minimized option. I believe it was added in an update since release.

    • Nakodari

      Thanks for correcting. I have never been an Outlook 2007 user actually so never applied any updates. 😉

      The reason why I didn't use Outlook had more to do with lack of IMAP support, which I covered here, http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/outlo

      Outlook 2007 was good but not the greatest email client out there.

  • yochanan

    Outlook 2007 also has the Hide When Minimized option. I believe it was added in an update since release.

  • Nakodari

    Thanks for correcting. I have never been an Outlook 2007 user actually so never applied any updates. 😉

    The reason why I didn't use Outlook had more to do with lack of IMAP support, which I covered here, http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/outlo

    Outlook 2007 was good but not the greatest email client out there.

  • yochanan

    Outlook 2007 also has the Hide When Minimized option. I believe it was added in an update since release.

  • Nakodari

    Thanks for correcting. I have never been an Outlook 2007 user actually so never applied any updates. 😉

    The reason why I didn't use Outlook had more to do with lack of IMAP support, which I covered here, http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/outlo

    Outlook 2007 was good but not the greatest email client out there.

  • bob

    Outlook 2003 also has this feature.

  • Palmetto

    I don’t think I like this. I’m conditioned to look for my minimized apps on the Task Bar. This makes me look two places for apps. I’m likely to forget Outlook minimizes to the tray instead of the Task Bar and wind up starting it a second time.

    Just one twit’s opinion.

    • Ape Inago

      @Palmetto :
      The default shortcut icon has a /recycle flag on it, which will automatically reuse the open window. It’s not like you’ll be doubling up on resources.

  • prathap

    thanks for tip, works great in OE 2010

  • the dude

    Thanks! Just what I was looking for!

  • Simon

    Thanks, I couldn’t remember how to do this

  • Gagan

    Thanks!!!

  • ayiriw

    It’s work.
    Thanks a lot

    • Laur

      Thank you very much!

  • Alan

    Great tip. So simple but so important. Thanks a lot :)!

  • Nunolourencoo

     Thank you!

  • Ivan

    Наконец-то я нашел, как это сделать. Автору спасибо большое. Весь рунет перерыл, нет нигде

  • Thank you! it helps a lot in office

  • BT

    Wow, this option was just sitting right there and I didn’t know about it…
    Thanks for the tip!

  • outlook is trash

    this worst thing about my problem is…..that is not selected and it still hides….how bout a fix for that…lol…man this sucks…

  • Rade Martinović

    Thank you!

  • Sakthivel

    Thanks for your update

  • Resha

    Thanx