Outlook.com – How to Play a Sound When New Email Arrives

People have different feelings and preferences when it comes to notifications. Some people want to get all the notifications they can, and the more intrusive the notification is, the better.

Others, however, don’t want to receive any notifications and prefer to check their apps and accounts on their own terms.

If you are someone that likes to receive notifications, then you might want to enable a setting in your Outlook.com account that causes a sound to play when you receive an email in your inbox.

This prevents you from needing to keep checking your inbox for new messages, and you can simply go there when you hear the sound.

How to Enable Sound Notifications for New Messages in Outlook.com

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome but will also work in other desktop Web browsers, too.

Once you complete these steps, you will have enabled a setting that causes a notification sound to play when you receive a new email in your Outlook.com inbox. Note that you need to have Outlook.com open in your browser for this to occur.

Step 1: Go to Outlook.com and sign into the email account for which you wish to enable the sound notification.

Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right corner of the window.

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Step 3: Select the View full settings link at the bottom of the menu.

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Step 4: Choose the General option in the left column of the menu.

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Step 5: Select the Notifications option in the center column.

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Step 6: Click the box to the left of Play a sound when a message arrives, then click the Save button at the top-right of the menu.

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Now that you know how to play a sound when new emails arrive in Outlook.com, you can reduce the number of times that you open the tab to check for new messages.

The desktop version of Microsoft Outlook contains more formatting options and features and can be a great way to manage emails on your laptop or desktop computer.

Are you tired of receiving read receipt requests in Outlook.com, and you’d like to stop them? Find out how to turn off read receipt requests in Outlook.com and automatically reject any of them that you receive in your Outlook account.

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