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.
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.
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.