Outlook Closes When Minimized [How to Stop Disappearing?]

Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Amit Bansal

When you are in Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, or 365 and you want to minimize or close the program, but you notice that Outlook doesn’t close, it is because you are in Minimized mode.

In the current digital world, Microsoft Outlook holds the top position as far as email delivery is concerned, every Outlook user whether using their desktop computer/Laptop or any other device needs all emails promptly.

The inflow of regular email messages without delay is an essential part of users, just like social media updates. All user needs Outlook online and up to date. Most users set up Start Outlook on Startup Windows 10.

In this article, you will learn “How to stop Outlook from closing when minimized?“.

Why does Outlook disappear when I minimize it?

In general, practice any file you minimize disappears from the screen, but the file or program keeps running in the background.

In the case of Microsoft Outlook, you prefer to keep running all the time, you want your email received promptly as soon as the message hits your inbox.

Here is the step-by-step tutorial, on how to stop Outlook from getting closed when minimized.

  • In the Taskbar on the bottom right corner, click the Show hidden icon Show hidden icon button to display the icons in the notification area.
  • Click the right mouse button on the Outlook icon and uncheck the ‘Hide When Minimized’ option.
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This step brings the outlook back to normal functioning. There is a misconception that Outlook hides when minimized activation closes Outlook, but it’s not true.

You can observe that Outlook is actually not getting closed but the icon of it is hidden in the taskbar when you minimize it.

You can get an email notification of the new message’s arrival. There is no harm in opting “Outlook closes when minimized” option.

Most of the time, the user accidentally hit the close button, the Closing outlook is also disconnected from the Outlook server, and any email message will not be updated.

How to Restore Outlook After It Has Been Minimized?

Although Outlook is online even outlook 365 closes when minimized, to open Outlook click on the Outlook system tray icon.

Or right-click the Outlook system tray icon and select Open Outlook. [Ref: Snapshot]. You follow the above step >> uncheck Hide When Minimized option from the list.

How to Restore Outlook After It Has Been Minimized
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Now the problem is solved, most outlook users, do not bother to understand and learn this small adjustment but enhancing knowledge always rectifies the difficulties when you are stuck in the middle of the sand.

If you are using Outlook web, it’s a total web-based operation there are no issues encountered.

This feature and adjustment apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Microsoft Office 365.

Personally, also keep activating this feature, I have no concern if the Outlook icon in the system tray is visible or not, all I want is for my Outlook must be online and for the flow of email messages to be uninterrupted.

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Amit Bansal

Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of MailSmartly.com. Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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