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How to Uninstall Outlook on Windows or Mac

Learn how to uninstall Outlook on a PC or Mac

What to Know

On Windows: Click Start > Control Panel > Click Programs > Programs & Features. Select the Office application you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.

On Mac: Click Finder > Applications. Select Outlook app. Right-click and Move to Trash.

Outlook logo on a laptop screen

Note: For Android, see uninstall Outlook on Android.

Is it possible to remove or delete Outlook without removing the Microsoft Office suite?

You do not have to uninstall the entire Microsoft Office software suite to uninstall Microsoft Outlook. You can choose which Office apps to keep on your PC by selecting Change in the Uninstall or Change a Software section of the Control Panel or selecting the Applications folder from Finder on your Mac.

If you don’t need or use Outlook, removing it will free up disk space. Here is how to uninstall Microsoft Outlook.

Note: Outlook 2013 and later cannot be uninstalled from the Office “Click to run” subscription. Only volume licensees can uninstall Outlook 2013 from the “Add and Remove” section in the Control Panel. You can remove Outlook shortcuts and set a different email client as your default.

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How to Uninstall Outlook on Windows

To uninstall Outlook on a PC, follow the steps:

Open your Windows Start menu.

Step 1: Open your Windows Start menu. Press the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Windows Start icon in the lower-left corner of your computer.

  • Alternatively, click the magnifier box in the bottom-left corner to search.
Open Control Panel.

Step 2: Open Control Panel. Type Control Panel on your keyboard in the search box, and click to open it.

Click Programs.

Step 3: Click Programs. It will open a new window to uninstall programs.

Click Programs and Features.

Step 4: Click Programs and Features. A new window will open with a list of all the programs installed on your computer.

Click Microsoft Office on the program list.

Step 4: Click Microsoft Office on the program list. Locate the Microsoft Office suite on the list and select it by clicking on its name.

  • You can sort the programs in alphabetical order by clicking the Name bar at the top of the list.

Reminder: You cannot uninstall Outlook 2013 and later from the subscription version of Office. You can remove the shortcuts to Outlook and set a different email client as the default email.

Click the Change button at the top.

Step 5: Click the Change button at the top. You’ll see this button next to Uninstall at the top. In a new window, the Microsoft Office installation wizard will appear.

Select Add or Remove Features.

Step 6: Select Add or Remove Features. This option allows you to personalize your Office suite and uninstall Outlook without removing other programs such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Click the Continue button.

Step 7: Click the Continue button. It will show a list of all the Office suite’s components.

Click the disk icon next to Microsoft Outlook.

Step 8: Click the disk icon next to Microsoft Outlook. A drop-down menu will open with all of your program options.

Select Not Available.

Step 9: Select Not Available. When you select this option, you will be able to remove the entire Outlook program from your Office suite.

Click Continue to uninstall and remove Outlook from your computer.

Step 10: Click Continue. Uninstall Outlook from your Office suite and remove it from your computer.

While you can reinstall Outlook later, you will lose your email accounts and customizations.

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How to Uninstall Outlook on Mac

Here’s how to uninstall Microsoft Outlook on Mac:

Open Finder from your Dock.

Step 1: Open Finder. You’ll find it in the lower-left corner of your Dock.

Click the Applications folder.

Step 2: Click the Applications folder. Open it in the left sidebar under your favorites to see a list of all your apps.

  • To open Applications, use the ⇧Shift+⌘ Command (or Cmd)+A simultaneously in Finder.
Find Microsoft Outlook in the Applications list.

Step 3: Find Microsoft Outlook in the Applications list. Outlook’s icon is a white “O” in a blue box with a white envelope.

Select and Move the Outlook app to your Trash.

Step 4: Select and Move the Outlook app to your Trash. Press Ctrl+click or right-click on it to open a pop-up menu and click Move to Trash.

Verify your user password.

Step 5: Verify your user password. Enter your computer’s log-in password in the Password field and confirm by clicking OK. It will move Microsoft Outlook to Trash.

Right-click the Trash icon on the Dock.

Step 6: Right-click the Trash icon on the Dock. A pop-up menu with your right-click options will appear.

Click Empty Trash.

Step 7: Click Empty Trash. Everything in your Trash folder, including Microsoft Outlook, will be permanently deleted.

RELATED: How to Install or Reinstall Microsoft Office

Remove Outlook files from your user Library folder

Open Finder and press ⌘ Command + Shift + g.

1. Open Finder and press ⌘ Command Shift + g.

Enter ~/Library and click Go.

2. Enter ~/Library in the window that appears, then click Go.

3. Open the Containers folder.

4. Locate and right-click on the Microsoft Outlooks folder, and click Move to Trash.

  • Microsoft Outlook

Warning: Your Outlook data will be removed when you move the files to Trash. It would be best to back up these folders before you delete them.

4. We also found service files in the following directories:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/
  • ~/Library/Containers/
  • ~/Library/Application Scripts/
  • ~/Library/Caches/
  • ~/Library/Preferences/

Remove Outlook from Dock and restart

  1. If you have added the Outlook app to your Dock, right-click on it and select Options > Remove from Dock.
  2. Restart your Mac to finish the uninstall.

RELATED: What Is Microsoft Outlook?

What happens if I delete Outlook from my computer?

Outlook is capable of successfully restoring online files and emails. The OST is stored locally and is unique to the user (consider the OST file similar but not identical to the user’s settings). You cannot remove it by uninstalling Office unless you delete the user profile or re-image the computer.

How to Uninstall Outlook and Reinstall?

To uninstall Outlook, go to Control Panel. Click Programs > Programs and Features. Select Microsoft Office 365, Office 2019, or Office 2016, whichever version you are using. Select Uninstall.
To Reinstall Outlook, go to my Office account. Click install. Select Microsoft Office 365, Office 2019, or Office 2016, whichever version you are using. Select Install Office.

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