Last Updated Aug 2, 2010 10:26 PM EDT
But there are times it would be nice to disable these notifications without quitting Outlook entirely, such as when you're projecting a presentation and don't want your e-mail appearing onscreen for all to see.
Or, I suppose, you might want to kill these alerts permanently -- particularly if you really do prefer to single-task. Here's how:
- Click the Office button (if you have Outlook 2007) or File (Outlook 2010) and choose Options.
- Click the Mail tab and then clear the checkbox for Display a Desktop Alert.
- Click OK, and you won't be subjected to Outlook e-mail toast again (unless you turn it back on).