How to Set Outlook Appointment Reminders at Non-Standard Times


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.


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.


Lowell Heddings is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He spends all his free time making sure this site can bring you fresh geekery on a daily basis, and has been doing so for over eleven years.