Outlook 2010: How to Minimize to the System Tray

If you find that you don’t use the Jump List functionality for Outlook 2010, you can minimize it to the System Tray to free up space on the Task Bar.

1. Close Outlook.

2. Go to the Shortcut that you use for opening Outlook (i.e. Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office or the one you pinned to your Start Menu).

3. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the resulting menu.

4. Select the Compatibility tab.

5. In the Compatibility mode section, check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: checkbox.

6. Use the now unghosted dropdown menu and select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2).

7. Click the OK button.

8. Open Outlook 2010 using the same shortcut.

9. Go to the System Tray and find the Outlook icon.

10. Right-click the icon and select Hide When Minimized.

Now when you minimize Outlook it will show in the System Tray and not the Task Bar.


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  • to author: did you know – that you don’t even have to turn the compatibility mode on? ­čśë

    • Retard

      you do if you want it to start minimized on system startup. if you only select the system tray minimization option then it will start minimised, but the tab will still be visible on the taskbar, until you open the window and then manually minimize it

      Microsoft, why cant you just keep things the same… not everyone has time to play adventure games to find out how to set the new edition of software back to its original state in the previous version….

  • Hi.

    If you like the Outlook’s minimization feature, try the “Actual Window Minimizer”.,, It will allow you minimize any window to the system tray or into special hided menu..

  • Felipe

    Well, even after turning the compatibility mode on, it still minimizes it to the taskbar and I have to manually open and minimize it to make it to to tray.

    I’m using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64.