How To Pin to the Windows Taskbar

If you want to use as your primary email manager, you might want to pin it to the Taskbar. This allows you to use the web app more like a desktop program in Windows.

Update: These instructions only work for Internet Explorer 11, which is being killed off next summer, and Legacy Edge which is no longer supported. We’ll have updated instructions for Windows 10 soon and will update this article.

Pin to Taskbar on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from IE or Legacy Edge

Log in to your account in your favorite browser. Then click and drag the Outlook icon from the address bar to the Windows Taskbar and select Pin to Taskbar.

Drag to Pin

When you bring up the Jump List, you’ll have options to open your inbox or send an email. Another cool thing about this is it gives you quick access to Calendar, People, and SkyDrive.


If you’re using Windows 8 and the modern UI, you can pin it to the Start screen.

pin to Start Screen



  1. Tony

    Great shortcut. Don’t know why I had not thought of it.

    • Jay

      Couldn’t make it work!

  2. Glen O'Riley

    I don’t get an icon other than a padlock up there in Firefox, am I missing something?

  3. Paul

    it doesn’t work!
    tried from chrome, and even IE. taskbar not locked
    OS: win7

  4. Paul

    I finally did it. You made the red arrow to short. It’s not the big outlook icon, to drag, but the one from the url address in the browser…

    • michele

      thank you! This comment saved me from lots of headaches:)

  5. Richard

    Great, thanks it worked

  6. Arturo

    This doesnt work on chrome anymore, only IE or edge

  7. deborah a lariscy

    tried repeatedly. I want the taskbar at top of page to have shortcut. I’ve dragged it to BOTTOM task bar, but released it and it didn’t attach. SIGH. I am not very good, but usually can follow decent instructions. Very frustrating. Should be a detailed explanation from WIndows 10.

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