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How To Get Desktop Notifications on Windows and Mac

In a previous tip, I showed how to pin to the Windows Taskbar. That allows you to use the web-based email service more like a desktop program. One thing that’s missing with that is there are no desktop notifications when you get a new message as you can get with Outlook 2013.

To get email notifications on your desktop, download this free utility called Howard. It’s available for both Windows and OS X. Once it’s installed you’ll get a notification from the system tray when you get new messages.


Right-click the icon and go to “Settings” to change how often it checks for mail and how notifications are displayed.


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6 Responses to How To Get Desktop Notifications on Windows and Mac

  1. Sure Thing July 11, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    I don’t trust Howard

  2. Tim Costello November 1, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    I just downloaded this and it works exceptionally well. Thank you for sharing. Between this and a nice mailto extension I found in chrome I no longer need to use an email program such as outlook or live mail

  3. Eli September 3, 2015 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks for the great guide!
    But how come in gmail you can get desktop notifications without installing an add-on and at you do need?

  4. VanguardLH May 7, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    Who only has one e-mail account? I don’t see how you can configure this local e-mail client to poll more than one account.

  5. Jacquo Johnson October 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    great functionality and display but the polling takes too long. too bad it wasn’t R notification even based. overall good stuff but even at 30sec that is just to long to wait to get notified.

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