There are many email clients available for the Windows operating system, but Microsoft Outlook is the most popular one. Millions of users love this program for good reasons. However, you may prefer another email client for your computer.
The problem is that you can configure your preferred email client, but Windows suggests that you create an Outlook profile. Your computer prompts you to send emails using Outlook.
If you want to remove Outlook from your computer screen without deleting any of your data, you can disable the program. Doing this will hide all of your Outlook data from view. In this blog post, you will see how to disable or delete Outlook in Windows 11.
Disable Outlook from Startup List
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To disable startup programs:
- Open %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup location in Explorer. If you see the Outlook shortcut there, delete it
- Open Task Manager > Startup tab. If you see Outlook there, disable it
Change your default email client
Aside from being an email client, Outlook also functions as a personal organizer. If you would prefer not to be suggested by Microsoft Outlook all the time, you can switch to another email program in its place. Follow these steps to do it:
- To access the windows Settings, press Windows + Ion on your keyboard.
- Select the Apps menu item in the left pane.
- Now select the Default apps option in the right pane.
- Scroll down and click on Mail.
- You will see that Outlook is set as the default email client.
- Click Outlook and choose another program to handle your emails.
After you perform the above steps, Outlook will no longer be your default email client.
If you’re looking to disable Microsoft Outlook, you can set up a different program to handle your email instead. This will prevent Windows from continually suggesting Outlook as your default email client.
- Press the Windows key + I combination to open Settings. Here, click on Apps.
- Select the Default apps option from the left-hand pane.
- Under Email, you should see Outlook set as the default app for handling emails.
- Click on the Outlook icon and change it to your preferred program from the dropdown.
- This method won’t uninstall Microsoft Outlook, but the program will no longer be your default email client.
Uninstall Microsoft Office
If you want to remove Outlook but keep other Microsoft Office applications, there are some methods you can use to disable it. Otherwise, if you don’t care about other Office apps, you can uninstall Microsoft Office completely.
The steps to uninstall Microsoft Office depend on how you installed it: If you installed using the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), you can uninstall it using the Control Panel.
If you installed using Click-to-Run, you can uninstall Microsoft Office by using the easy fix tool.
If you installed it from the Microsoft Store, you can remove Microsoft Office by uninstalling it from the Microsoft Store.
After you uninstall Microsoft Office, your computer will no longer have Outlook or any other Office applications.
Will I lose all my emails if I Uninstall Outlook?
Microsoft Outlook gives you the option to store emails on your hard drive. So even if you uninstall Outlook without exporting your emails, you can still retrieve them. In this way, Outlook won’t let you lose your emails even if you uninstall Outlook.
Which is safer Gmail or Outlook?
Both Google and Outlook offer two-factor authentication and password protection. As of right now, Gmail’s spam filter is more robust. However, Outlook offers more encryption options for sensitive data
Hello, My name is Shari & I am a writer for the ‘Outlook AppIns’ blog. I’m a CSIT graduate & I’ve been working in the IT industry for 3 years.