Auto-Remind Yourself and Recipients to Follow Up on Outlook Emails

By: standss , Apr 19th, 2012

How many times have you requested for information via email and then… nothing. Here’s how you can set a reminder for the person you emailed and for yourself.

In this post, I will show you how to set both the reminders while writing the email.

Set Auto-Reminders for your Recipients

  • Open Outlook
  • Create a new email
  • On the Ribbon, click Follow-up > Add Reminder…

follow-up reminders

  • On the screen that appears, tick the checkbox “Flag for Recipients
  • Tick the Reminder: checkbox
  • Select the Date and Time for the reminder to appear in the recipients Outlook

Set Auto-Reminder for Yourself

  • On the same screen that you set the reminder for the recipient as above, tick the checkbox “Flag for me
  • Select the Start and Due Date
  • Tick the Reminder: checkbox
  • Select the Date and Time for the reminder to appear in your Outlook

Now on the date and time you have set, a reminder will automatically appear in the recipients and your Outlook. This way either of you are likely to follow-up on the  email in case it has not been dealt with.

If you find this tip useful, you may also want to check out Deborah Savadra’s Make your Outlook email messages un-ignorable on the Legal Office Guru (which reminded me of this topic).

Do you have your own methods of setting reminders in Outlook, please share it with us by leaving a comment below.

6 Replies to “Auto-Remind Yourself and Recipients to Follow Up on Outlook Emails”

  1. This tip is a pretty good idea except that the full features of the follow-up flag (setting the day and time when it will pop up) are not available for IMAP accounts. They are available for POP accounts.

  2. Hi I did this for trial purpose. The Pop is coming to me but not to the recipient. I tried with 2 -3 colleagues but same result.

    Can u please suggest.

  3. This will appear to the recipient only if they are using Outlook to. The reminder will not appear to non-Outlook users (Gmail etc).

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