How to minimize Outlook to system tray in Windows 8.1

If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2013 app on your Windows 8.1, as the default email client, then you might have noticed that, when you minimize the Outlook app to the taskbar then it will occupy some space. This will be problem when you have opened more programs in the taskbar. If you use to open Outlook all the time and having it in the taskbar, then you would like to minimize the Outlook to the system tray or to the notification area. Here is the tutorial explaining how to do it.

How to minimize Outlook to system tray in Windows 8.1

Using Registry

  • After creating the system restore point, press Win+R keys to launch RUN dialog box and type regedit to open Windows Registry and navigate to the below key.
  • Now in the right side pane, create new DWORD and name it as MinToTray and give the value as follows.
    0 : This will minimize Outlook to the Taskbar
    1 : This will minimize Outlook to the System tray


That’s it now the Outlook can be minimized to the system tray in Windows 8.1.

Using UI



  • Right-click on the system tray icon of the Outlook and then select Hide when minimized option from the menu.
  • When you do this, Outlook will be disappeared from the taskbar of your PC and it will sit in the notification area only. Whenever you want to open the Outlook app again, just double-click on the Outlook system tray icon and it will open.

That’s it, you are done, this is how to add the Outlook to the system tray icon. This will stay there for ever and whenever you want, just double click on it and it will launch.

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