Can Outlook run in the background?


I hate having a bunch of apps filling my desktop. So, I was wondering can I set up outlook to automatically Send/Receive while running in the background. And, if I receive an email all I will see is the envelop appear in the task bar.

How do I set this up?

Using Windows XP and Outlook 2002.
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Greetings, leftfooter !

If you open Outlook and minimize it to Task Bar, you can run Outlook in background.  In Outlook, go to Tools > Options > Mail Setup tab > Send/Receive button, check "Schedule an automatic receive every x minutes.

Best wishes!
leftfooterAuthor Commented:
I know that, but the application is still opened on the desktop.....which is what I want to get away from.
David LeeCommented:
Greetings, leftfooter.

> the application is still opened on the desktop
How is it open ont he desktop if it's minimized?  Or by "desktop" do you mean you see Outlook's icon on the taskbar?

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You can use a free email notifier like POP Peeper to get notification about emails.  It is relatively small compared to Outlook. You can set it up to received in any time intervals that you like.

leftfooterAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I mean It's minimized. But I don't want it cluttering my task bar. Can it not run where I don't have to see it, and then if I get an email, an envelope appears beside the clock?
David LeeCommented:

You can hide Outlook's taskbar icon.
Right-click the ICON in the system tray and select "Hide when Minimized"
leftfooterAuthor Commented:
There is no ICON in the system obviously I can't right-click it. Using Outlook 2002, is that why?
Have you looked at BDF's post and ..

Right-click the start button - select PROPERTIES - TASKBAR - CUSTOMIZE - and make sure the icon is not hidden.

Outlook by default always has a system tray icon installed.
leftfooterAuthor Commented:

I did check BDF's post, but that refers to outlook 2003.

I've went into the taskbar properties and selected always show for Microsoft Office Outlook. However, something that is strange, the icon beside Microsoft Office Outlook is the symantec antivirus icon?? that's pretty odd, no?

Anyhow, the office outlook icon is still not showing up in the system tray. Any suggestions??
You can use this free program Tray Minimizer

to minimize Outlook 2002 to System Tray instead to taskbar.

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leftfooterAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, it's a pity it needs a third party app to accomplish this. Need to upgrade to office 2003 I guess.
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