Turn off or change notifications and sounds in Outlook 2016 for Mac

When you receive a new email message, Outlook can notify you by displaying an alert on your desktop, or by bouncing the Outlook icon in the Dock. Outlook also plays sounds to notify you of new email messages, event reminders, and more.

Outlook uses a default set of sounds, but additional sound sets are available from third parties on the Internet. A sound set for Outlook is a folder that contains six sound files and a .plist file that maps each sound file to an Outlook event.

Change or turn off sounds

  1. On the Outlook menu, click Preferences.

  2. Under Personal Settings, click Notifications & Sounds.

  3. Under Message arrival, choose the settings that you want for new messages.

  4. Under Sounds, clear the check box next to each sound that you want to turn off.

    Tip: To preview a sound, click the Play  button next to each sound option.

Change the sound set

  1. Make sure that the Outlook Preferences dialog box is closed.

  2. Copy a new sound set folder to /Users/username/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/Outlook/Outlook Sounds Sets.

  3. On the Outlook menu, click Preferences.

  4. Under Personal Settings, click Notifications & Sounds.

  5. Under Sounds, click the Sound set menu, and then select a sound set.

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