Home Forums Windows Help Microsoft Outlook 2016 (Desktop version) Forum Rules | Contact Forum Editor | Report a Post Microsoft Outlook 2016 (Desktop version) woodm01 21:45 11 Jun 2017 Locked I now use Microsoft Outlook 2016 instead of the Mail App in Windows 10. Is there any way of setting up desktop alerts to run without having Outlook running in the background on the taskbar? Gordon Freeman 20:12 14 Jun 2017 Not as far as I'm aware. Outlook needs to be running. This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.