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If you are like millions of others who work daily using Outlook, you likely use the desktop client. You might have it in the start menu or pinned to your taskbar and just leave it open throughout the day. You might also combine that with using the outlook web app (OWA) and likely find there are some features there that are quite frankly just better than in the desktop version. For me, I have a couple of things that annoy me about the desktop version and sometimes end up with both options open. I like being able to close browsers to focus but still want quick access to my emails. Does any of this sound familiar? Then you need to start using the Outlook Web App truly as an app and not by opening a browser! Let’s check it out. It’s so easy but not that obvious it even exists.
First thing, open up https://outlook.office.com. That’s where you can view your emails online. When you do this, you should notice a little icon on the top of the browser on the right of where you see the URL. Clicking on that allows you to install the Outlook (PWA) app. PWA stands for Progressive Web App. It essentially takes what we see in the browser and packages it up into an app we can open WITHOUT needing to open the browser.
You can also get to it by clicking on the ellipsis from the top of the browser, then clicking on Apps, then you should see Install Outlook (PW) as an option.
Clicking from the icon at the top then shows this. Click on Install.
That is it! The app gets installed and can now be found in exactly the same way as you would access Word, Excel etc from your computer. You can pin the app to your taskbar and/or start menu, create a desktop shortbut and even set it to auto-start on device login.
Then it functions as it’s own app, and no need to open your browser. I love this for really focusing in and doing other work and not getting distracted by other web sites (or those click bait daily news stories), but still allow email to be open throughout the day, all while getting all the wonderfulness that comes with using Outlook online.
If for some reason you want to remove it, open your browser, go back to the ellipsis and select Apps. You can then click on Manage apps.
From here it will show which apps are installed, and simply clicking the x will get rid of it. How easy is that? Have you been using this? Will you start now? Let me know in the comments below!
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