The taskbar that appears at the bottom of the screen in Windows 10 is a useful location for the apps that you use the most.
When an app is in the taskbar it is visible when other windows are open, allowing you to easily launch a program or switch to it from within another app.
Windows 10 includes some icons in the taskbar by default, some of which you may not need.
You can remove the Mail icon from the taskbar in Windows 10 by right-clicking on it, then selecting the “Unpin from taskbar” option.
If you recently installed an update for Windows 10 and noticed that there is now an envelope icon at the bottom of the screen, you may be wondering how to get rid of it. That icon is for the Windows 10 mail app, which you can configure to show email messages from your accounts.
However, you might already be using a program to manage your email, or you may prefer to read your emails in a Web browser.
Fortunately, it is possible to remove this icon from the taskbar so that you don’t need to see it whenever the Windows 10 taskbar is visible.
How to Remove the Windows 10 Mail Icon from the Taskbar
- Find the Mail icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Right-click on the Mail icon.
- Choose Unpin from taskbar.
Our guide continues below with additional information on getting rid of the Windows 10 Mail taskbar icon, including pictures of these steps.
How to Get Rid of the Envelope at the Bottom of the Screen in Windows 10 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this guide were performed on a computer using the Windows 10 operating system. The icon in question appears after certain Windows updates when you have configured a Microsoft account as your Windows login. For example, I use a Hotmail account to log into my Windows 10 computer. The Mail icon was not there before an update, but appeared after it.
Step 1: Locate the Mail envelope icon at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Right-click on the icon, then select the Unpin from taskbar option.
Note that you can use this same method to remove other unwanted taskbar icons as well.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion on the Windows 10 Mail icon in the taskbar.
More Information on the Windows 10 Mail Icon
The Mail app that is part of Windows 10 is different than Microsoft Outlook. If you have Outlook installed on your computer then you can get to it through the Start menu, or you can use the search tool to locate it. But if you click that mail icon it is going to open the regular Mail app unless you choose to add an Outlook icon to the taskbar at some point yourself.
Outlook is included as part of Microsoft Office and includes more features than Windows Mail. However, many users find that the default Mail app is perfectly adequate.
If you decide later that you would like to restore the Mail app to the taskbar then you can click the Start button, scroll to the Mail app, then right-click on it and choose the Pin to taskbar option. The same goes if you chose to remove Microsoft Store from the taskbar, or any of the other pinned apps that you didn’t think you would need.
Taking advantage of the taskbar is a great way to streamline the way that you use your computer. Rather than needing to use desktop shortcuts (which can clutter up the desktop and reduce its effectiveness), you can add the programs that you use the most to that location.
You can move the taskbar to a different spot on the screen by right-clicking on the taskbar, choosing Taskbar settings, then selecting a new location for the taskbar.
Some of the icons that appear on the taskbar, such as Microsoft Edge (the replacement for Internet Explorer), or the Windows Store icon, are things that you probably don’t need to access that much.
I know that I often misclick on some of those icons in the taskbar when I’m meaning to click something that I actually want, like File Explorer. So whether you want to remove Mail icons or the Microsoft Store icon you can do so by right-clicking on the icon in the task bar, then choosing to unpin it from the taskbar.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
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