Microsoft Outlook Envelope icon missing in Windows notification area

If your Microsoft Outlook 2016/2013/2010 does not display the envelope icon when mail arrives, then you restore this behavior with the help of the following setting, on your Windows 10/8/7 computer.

Restore missing Envelope icon of Outlook

Restore missing Envelope icon of Outlook in the notification area

Open your Microsoft Outlook desktop client and click on the File tab. Next click on Options.

Now, select Mail in the left side navigation pane.

Now in the Message arrival section, click to select the “Show an envelope icon in the taskbar” check box.

Click OK.

Your Microsoft Outlook will now display the envelope icon/overlay when any mail arrives.

PS: Outlook’s new mail icon is only visible if you use large icons; ie it changes and shows an envelope only if you use large icons on your Taskbar.

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  1. David Taylor

    I have checked all the boxes in Outlook 2010 but still no envelope or desktop alerts (preview works) for new email.

  2. Diana Harley

    I have the appropriate boxes checked but I am still not getting any notifications…

  3. Outlook 2010’s new mail icon is visible, only if you use large icons; ie it changes and shows an envelope only if you use large icons.

  4. Alan Palmer

    I am running Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) with Outlook 2010. Email notifications do not show up in the taskbar, even with “Large Icons” enabled. I have read countless forms on correcting this issues. Nothing works.

  5. markgbe

    excellent! I’ve been looking all over and finally found how to fix my mail icon. i had uncheckd “use large icons” in the start menu settings.


  6. Ravi0558

    I have created a rule with specific email to move to specific folder n getting alert notification but unable to show new email envelop? pls. anyone can you help me?

  7. 12345

    Please take note that the above setting for envelope icon only applies to all mail going into Inbox folder only. Any mails going into folders other than Inbox (Junk mail or sub-folders created with rules), there would not be any envelope icon alerts – no solution to this at all as of now… This also apply to New Mail Desktop alert – in order to mitigate this, users have to create a rule for folders other than Inbox to receive a New Mail Desktop alert for emails going to sub-folders… I wonder why don Ms Outlook apply the same alert setting to all folders instead of creating a different rule for folders other than Inbox… This is silly…

  8. Raymond Kongola

    This did the trick for me. Unchecked option for “Use small taskbar buttons” in Taskbar properties.

    Thank you Anand, you are a true Windows Ninja!

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