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Change Email Desktop Alert Settings In Outlook 2010

Whenever you receive a new email, Outlook 2010 displays a desktop alert. If you wish then you can also disable this desktop alert. But it is useful in many cases, lets see how we can change the default settings of new email alert.

Click the File (Office) button and choose the Options and them navigate to the Mail option in the left side column and click the Desktop Alert Settings button under the Message Arrival section.

Desktop Alert

The Desktop Alerts Settings dialogue box will be displayed, now make changes to the new email message settings like Duration and Transparency by moving the slider and adjusting the values you feel suitable. Duration specifies the time new email alert stays on the desktop.

Desktop Alert Transparancy


  1. Hi,

    I am using outook 2010 on windows 7. I am unable to find an option to set the New Item Alert Window which displays the list of emails received with senders’s name , subject and time stamp in small window. I know this feature exists in 2003 and 2007. Please let me know if anybody has setup this in outlook 2010.


  2. I have an e-mail desktop alert. How can change the default settings. For instance if i recieve an e-mail i would want to see an insect or other features delivery the mail message to me, rather than this old default envelop type.



    • I also have this problem. Basically I made a custom rule that said “for every mail that comes in show a desktop alert” — you can access that Home > Rules > Create New Rule

  3. Hi, I am using Outlook 2010, version 14.0.4734.1000 for x64. I have followed your instructions, (I must tell you that I had the desktop alert already ticked on), but for some reason it does not seem to work. No alert is being displayed once I receive new emails. Running Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

    • Am getting same results with Outlook 2010 64 bit on Windows 7 Pro x64. No notifications at all except for when I preview it in the mail alert settings.

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