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I find the unread counter on Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac distracting. Whenever it's there I feel the need to click on it. How can I hide the unread count?

Mail.app provides an option to disable it, I'm hoping there is a setting in Outlook too.

Outlook 2011 dock icon

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Maybe, changing the download interval for Mail.app helps? –  gentmatt Feb 10 '12 at 18:39
Further confirmation that there's no built-in way to do this: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2011-macoutlook/… –  octern Oct 8 '14 at 21:29

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You can set up a rule to mark all of your incoming mail as read. If there's never any unread mail, there's never a count in the dock.

This works for me, since I do inbox zero and don't have much mail in my inbox. It might not be a good solution for everyone.

To set this up, go to Outlook > Preferences > Rules. Then add a new rule, as shown here.

Rule to mark all mail as read

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If you are using Mac OS 10.8 Have a look in the notifications menu by clicking the apple button in the top left and then choosing 'System Preferences' and then choose 'Notifications' and you will be able to disable the red badge icon from there.

Check out the link below for more info.


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There is no Outlook in the Notification center? –  Buscar웃 May 7 '13 at 11:05
I do not think Outlook using the notifications framework so I am not surprised you don't find it in notifications center. I would down vote the answer if I had the reputation to do so. I too would like to turn off the badges, but so far I have not found a way. I –  Darrell Golliher Jan 2 '14 at 15:37

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