Desktop Alert Settings

Dear Computer Lady,

In Outlook 2010 how do I get the email notification to stay on my desktop longer than 30 seconds?

Actually to have it stay on until I read the email would be great!

Thanks for your help, Guy


Dear Guy,

It appears that 30 seconds is the longest you can set the desktop alert to display on your desktop.

You can change your settings and see for yourself with these directions:

1. Open Microsoft Outlook 2010 and click on the “File” tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

2. Click on “Options” under the File tab.

3. Click on “Mail” in the left column of the Outlook Options window.

4. Scroll down to the “Message arrival” section, and make sure there is a check mark in front of, “Display a desktop Alert”.

5. Click on the “Desktop Alert Settings” button.

6. Move the sliders to adjust how long the desktop alert is displayed, and how transparent it should be.

7. Click the “OK” button to close the dialog box and save your changes.

8. Click “OK” in the Outlook Options window as well.


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    • lrichardb
    • September 24, 2011

    Yahoo Widgets (and there are probably others) has a widget that will give a notification of new email when using Outlook.

    Personally, I use a chat client called Meebo. Since a lot of users use gmail, hotmail, yahoo mail, or other email services that also have chat functions, I find this as a good alternative to be able to connect with everyone, regardless of chat client. Meebo produces a notification in your systray whenever you have email, and lets you know on which account. The notification stays until closed manually. Then I go to Outlook to do my email. (I use Outlook so my email is saved on the local machine and I can look at old, saved emails, contacts, etc. when I don’t have internet service – e.g. travelling.) I log on as “invisible” in Meebo, so I’m not bothered with chat until I’ve done my “housekeeping chores.” This method will not work with private email services through your ISP.

    • Rhino
    • October 16, 2011

    Actually, while you can’t get a Desktop Alert to last forever, you can get it to last up to 50 days. In computer user terms that’s probably close to forever.


    And yes, you have to be unafraid of altering the registry.

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