When using Office 365 Outlook, if you see a notification banner that says TAKE OUTLOOK ANYWHERE (Below the Ribbon buttons in the Outlook interface), then here is what you should know about it. It’s a software feature allowing end users to access business email and calendars from anywhere outside the corporate domain without a VPN. While it’s useful, if you don’t need it, it can be annoying to see it now and then. So, in this post, we will share how to remove Outlook Anywhere notification from Outlook.
The message you see could either be:
- TAKE YOUR OUTLOOK ANYWHERE or
- TAKE OUTLOOK EVERYWHERE
What is Take Your Outlook Anywhere message?
Take Outlook Your Anywhere is a software feature that allows end users to access business email and calendars from anywhere outside the corporate domain without a VPN. You can find this message on the top of the screen when you open Outlook app on your computer. No matter which email account you use, you may find this message right after opening the app.
How to remove TAKE OUTLOOK ANYWHERE notification from Outlook
This notification cannot be turned off in the Personal version of 365, but running Outlook in Safe Mode can stop the messages, suggesting a way to resolve this issue in the registry. Follow the steps given below to remove the notification.
1] Ask Office Admin to Ask For an Exclusion
To eliminate the Outlook Anywhere notification, you can have your O365 admin complete this form to exclude your tenant from notifications related to Outlook mobile. The admin must provide details such as Company Name, Office 365 tenant ID, Office 365 administrator name, and email address.
2] Uncheck Optional Connected Experience
Another tip you can follow is to disable the Optional connected experience. In your Outlook:
- Go to File > Options > Trust center >Trust center settings > Privacy option> Privacy settings.
- Next, uncheck the box under Connected experiences that says Turn on experiences that analyze your content.
Save the changes, and it will remove the banner adverts for the Outlook app.
3] Disable via Group Policy
If you are an IT admin, you must download the most current version of the Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) from the Microsoft Download Center. Once done, follow the below-mentioned steps to configure.
- Open Group Policy Editor
- Navigate to the following path
User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2016\Privacy\Trust Center
- Locate the policy setting that says—Configure the level of client software diagnostic data sent by Office to Microsoft
- Double-click to open it, and change the option to Optional or Neither
GPO is useful when the same settings must be applied to multiple PCs. IT admin should be able to do it using the ADMX file. More details are on the official page.
I hope the article was easy to follow and you could get rid of the Take outlook anywhere notification. Do note that turning off the connected experience will eliminate the annoying banner; it may also halt a lot of other features within Outlook. While these solutions work, the best would be if the admin connects with Microsoft Office support and then work accordingly.
What are the features that get disabled when you turn Connected Experience off?
Now that you know how to turn it off, you should also know there is a disadvantage to this. Microsoft Office disables some features when you turn off the Optional Connected Experience. The list includes 3D Maps, Analyze Data, Automatic alt text, Chart recommendations, Class Notebook add-ins, Data types, Dictation, and Editor. These are some essential services that may get disabled, and click here to find out more services.