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How to Set Outlook Appointment Reminders at Non-Standard Times

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Microsoft Outlook is a great platform for setting calendar appointments with reminders, but the default reminders in the list might not work for everybody, especially if you want to schedule a reminder for a few months in advance. Here’s how to do it.

Note: Thanks to reader John for writing in, and our own Scott @ TinyHacker for the solution.

Enabling Non-Standard Reminders for a Single Item

If you just want to change the reminder time for a single item, you can highlight the reminder and type in anything you want: 2 minutes, 4 months, etc.

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Enabling Non-Standard Default Reminder Times

If you want to make sure that every new item has a specific reminder time that isn’t in the list, you can open up the Outlook Options through the Outlook button in the left-hand corner, and then go to Calendar and highlight the text in the “Default reminders” drop-down box.

Type in anything you want, and close out of the options.

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  • Published 08/15/12

Comments (4)

  1. JL

    I stumbled upon this a couple of years ago so I can vouch that it’ll work on Outlook 2003, which is what I was using at the time. Not sure if anyone will use that nowadays, but maybe someone will find this helpful.

  2. Mike

    You can also put non-standard times on Reminders you want to Snooze. Or even specify the time to snooze till (ie, 16:35 to snooze until 4:35PM)

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  4. nishat akhtar

    Dear sir
    I want code for this apllication.please send as possible as soon in my Email id.

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