How to Turn On or Off Sound Alerts in the Outlook App on Windows 11



This post guides on toggling sound alerts for email notifications in the Outlook app on Windows 11. The redesigned Outlook app offers various features including notification customization. To alter sound alerts, access Settings via the gear icon, navigate to General, and select Notifications. Enable or disable sounds using the checkbox provided. If issues arise, ensure…

This article explains the steps to enable or disable sound alerts for emails in the Outlook app on Windows 11.

The new Outlook app in Windows 11 is a redesigned and updated version of the popular email and calendar management software. It has a modern user interface, and new features make it easier to stay on top of your emails and appointments.

The app has many features, including support for subscription managementemail forwardingsetting default From addressbacking up your mailboxchanging the reading paneopening a new window for a messagelanguage translationsturning text predictions on or offswitch primary accountsharing a calendar, changing language, date and time formatpublic a calendarshow week numbers in Outlook calendardeleting your search historyexport your search history, add or remove events from emails to your Calendarswitch to dark mode, link preview, and more.

The new Outlook app also allows you to customize how you receive these alerts, including the option to have notifications play a sound.

Enabling or disabling Outlook alerts for emails is useful for customizing how you receive notifications. You can turn on the notification sound to be alerted whenever a new email arrives.

On the other hand, if you want to focus on your work without any distractions, you can turn off the notification sounds. It’s a personal preference you can adjust based on your work environment or preferences.

Enabling or disabling Notification Sounds in Outlook App

As mentioned, you can configure the new Outlook app to play sounds every time a new email arrives or disable sound alerts if you don’t want to be distracted.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Outlook app by clicking on its icon in the Start menu or searching for it in the taskbar search box.

Open Outlook app in Windows 11

Once Outlook is open, click on the Settings gear icon at the top right of the menu bar.

Outlook settings button in the app

In the Settings sidebar, click General to open a sub-menu, then select Notification to open the settings.

Outlook Genenal Notifications setitngs pane

Under the Notifications settings, look for the Notifications in Outlook section. You should now see a dropdown caret allowing you to enable or disable sounds for notifications.

(This assumes you have “Notification in Outlook” turned on.) If Notifications are not enabled, the settings below won’t have any effects.

Notification in Outlook section in settings

On the expanded caret, check the box next to “Allow notifications to play sounds” to enable alert sounds every time you receive an email.

Uncheck the box to disable the sound alerts.

Allow notifications to play sounds in Outlook

You can exit the app when you’re done.

If you are having issues with notifications, make sure Outlook notifications are enabled in your Windows Notification settingsWindows Focus settings are turned off, and Battery Saver is turned off to receive notifications.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable notification sounds in Outlook on Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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