Start Outlook to system tray at logon

  1. ddelo's Avatar
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       #1

    Start Outlook to system tray at logon


    Hello to everybody,
    What I would like to do is to start Outlook 2016 at logon minimized to the notification area (system tray) ONLY.

    I have tried it in 3 different ways:
    1. Created a task to run after 1 minute from logon.
    <Command>"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE"</Command>
    <Arguments>/recycle</Arguments>
    2. Added a shortcut in the startup folder and have set its properties to run minimized which runs the command:
    Code:
    cmd /c start /min "" "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE" /recycle
    3. Added the following entry in registry:
    Code:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    "OutlookAutoStart"="cmd /c start /min \"\" \"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Office\\Office16\\OUTLOOK.EXE\" /recycle"
    Settings:
    • Outlook is only “pinned to Start” and NOT in the taskbar.
    • I have enabled the option “Hide When Minimized” in the Outlook menu in the system tray.

    All three methods work (my choice is the task, as it’s more flexible), but all three start Outlook minimized both in the taskbar and in the system tray.
    To get rid of the taskbar icon, I have to click on the taskbar icon, open Outlook and minimize it.

    Can anyone provide a solution to auto open Outlook and only show its icon in the system tray and NOT in the taskbar?
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  2. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #2

    Right Click the Outlook Icon in the system tray and select "Hide when Minimized".
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #3

    Start Outlook automatically in tray | SuperuserXchanger | QueryXchanger

    That may help - but I suspect it repeats what you've tried in the first part- see the script
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  4. ddelo's Avatar
    Posts : 2,223
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       #4

    alphanumeric said:
    Right Click the Outlook Icon in the system tray and select "Hide when Minimized".

    As I said in my post, in Settings, I have already done this.
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  5. ddelo's Avatar
    Posts : 2,223
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said:
    Start Outlook automatically in tray | SuperuserXchanger | QueryXchanger

    That may help - but I suspect it repeats what you've tried in the first part- see the script
    Thanks a lot for the suggestion. I already knew the VB script method from here, but I was trying to find a method to implement this without a VB script.
    Last edited by ddelo; 23 Sep 2017 at 17:03.
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  6. Posts : 18
    Windows 10
       #6

    HI, I'm also interested in this. I am currently using the startup folder method but what is so bad about VB scripts do they affect performance or something compared to other methods?
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