Aug 2, 2010

TIP: How to Restore Outlook Desktop Icon in Windows 7/Vista

After Installing Office 2007/2010 on Windows 7/Vista you're missing the Outlook icon on the desktop.
This icon is useful more than just to start Outlook (which can also be replaced by a simple shortcut...).
It is also has the ability to get you right into the Outlook Control Panel, same as clicking on the Control Panel Mail icon.

To restore this special icon you need to add a simple key to the registry. follow these instructions to make the tweak:

Step 1
Go to the "Start" menu and select "Run." (Type "run" and hit "Enter" after clicking the "Start" menu in Windows Vista and 7.)

Step 2
Type "regedit" in the search line and click "OK" to start the Registry Editor.

Step 3
Browse to the following registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Click the "NameSpace" key.

Step 4
Click the "Edit" menu option in Registry Editor's window and select "Add." Type the following in the "Key" field {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} and click "OK."

Step 5
Go to your desktop and click the "F5" key to refresh it and the Outlook icon should appear. You may have to log off and then log back in to see the icon.

That's it!

Have fun with Outlook :)


  1. Thanks for this valuable post, can you let me know, how to start the Outlook in safe mode.
    Its not working.
    Most of the forums advised me to start in safe mode, but i don't know how to do that, please help!!!

  2. Awsome so helpful

  3. I did not get the logo.. I actually dragged and dropped outlook from msOffice start menu to the desktop. and then deleted its logo from the desktop. I do not see the msoutlook option in msoffice2007 now... can you plz help me on this.


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