Minimize Outlook 2007 To The System Tray

Each time I upgrade to a new version of Outlook (or switch to a new computer), I always configure Outlook to minimize to the System Tray. This way, I do not have the Outlook button on my taskbar, especially given that I have Outlook running for most of the day. When I have several different things open, I feel like it is taking up valuable space on my taskbar.

By creating a new registry entry, as I describe below, Outlook is minimized to the System Tray instead of the Taskbar. You can then maximize the program by double clicking the icon.

To accomplish this: open your Windows registry (type regedit at the run command). Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Office 12.0 Outlook Preferences. Create a new DWORD value by clicking Edit, point to New, and click DWORD value.

Type in MinToTray for the value name. Open the new DWORD value and change the value to ‘1’. Close your registry editor,


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  • Bob Snyder

    You can also click on Outlook’s button on the taskbar and it will go to the tray by itself.

  • Ferad Zyulkyarov

    A more straightforward way to minimize outlook to system tray. Required no registry editing.

  • m b

    I agree:

    right click on the icon and select hide when minimized… Dont mess with registry..

  • http://n/a martin

    Very useful info Thank You

  • Thomas Annerino

    I haved used this feature for years and it does not work on Windows 7. Any suggestions?

  • Knut

    Just rightclick the OUTLOOK icon in the system tray and select HIDE when minimized.

    • Kactus Kooler

      It works fine doing it in the registry. Good tip, thanks! =D

  • Andre Monteiro

    In Windows 7, if Outlook is run in “native” mode (ie, not vista-compatibility mode), there is no such option as “right-click”. Instead, the tip on the registry hack works flawless. 😉


  • Octav

    Right click on the outlook icon located in system tray! Not on the one located in taskbar.

    And you will get a menu with “hide when minimized”…

  • Christopher

    Thats awesome. Tried to fix this for quite some time. Thanks…

  • Andres

    Excelent, it work ok.

  • steve

    Thank you so much, I was looking for this and had to read a few other hopeless sites before I found this blog. Worked like a charm.