While it is pretty common for Outlook users to keep their email open throughout the course of the day, not everyone keeps Outlook open as their primary window. So we rely on notifications and alerts to let us know when new messages have arrived, then we can navigate to Outlook when we are done with our current task. But the default notification settings in Outlook 2013 will play a sound when you receive a new message, which can be annoying if you get a lot of emails. Fortunately you can disable this alert sound without turning off any of the other alert options.
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Turn off the Sound for a New Message in Outlook 2013
Note that there are different setting options for the sound, the envelope icon and the desktop alerts notifications that you can receive in Outlook 2013. You have the ability to adjust whether you receive any combination of these alerts, and the desktop alert can be customized even further than that. So after you have disabled the notification sound for new messages in Outlook 2013, you can consider whether you wish to adjust the other alert options as well.
Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click Mail in the left column of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Click the box to the left of Play a sound in the Message arrival section of the window to remove the check mark.
Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
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