How to Turn off’s New “Joyful Animations”

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Microsoft recently added “joyful animations” to the Outlook web app. These show a shower of glitter whenever Outlook detects “joyful” words like “Congratulations” or “Happy Birthday.” Here’s how to turn them off.

First and foremost, let us just say that here at How-To Geek we’re in no way anti-glitter. Well, other than the fact that actual glitter and computers don’t really go well together, which is why you should clean your hardware regularly. But there’s a time and a place for sparkle, and work email isn’t it. Many of you might feel the same about your personal email, too.

The “joyful animations” appear when a mail you’ve received is shown in the reading pane of the Outlook web app. Any words deemed “joyful” are highlighted, and when you move your mouse over them a shower of glitter is displayed, rising and falling like a primary colored firework fading into the wind.

Note: These animations are only available in the modern version of the Outlook web app. If you’re still using the classic version, you won’t see them.


Celebratory words and a joyful animation of glitter

How lovely. Here’s how to turn that stuff off. Click the Settings cog and then click “View all Outlook settings.”

The Outlook settings option.

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