Change the default reminder time for Outlook Calendar Appointments

By: standss , Sep 15th, 2010

When you create a new Outlook appointment, Outlook sets itself a reminder to remind you (with a pop-up message) 15 minutes before the actual appointment. It is easy to change the 15 minutes on individual appointments or to change the default to a more suitable period.

To change the reminder on an individual appointment:
Open the Appointment.
Change the time shown in the Reminder dropdown.

To change the default reminder time:

If you find yourself changing the reminder times on individual appointments, it may be easier to simply change the default from 15 minutes.

In Outlook 2010:

  • Click File on the ribbon
  • Click Options and then click Calendar.
  • Change the default reminder time to whatever time is suitable for you and then click OK
  • Defualt Reminder Time

    In Outlook 2000/2002/2003/2007:

  • Click on Tools-Options
  • Click on the Preferences tab
  • Select your preferred reminder time in the Calendar section
  • Click Ok
  • 4 Replies to “Change the default reminder time for Outlook Calendar Appointments”

    1. You arе ѕo inteгesting! I do not think I’ve truly read a single thing like this before. So great to find another person with some original thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!

    2. I need to be able to have NONE as the default reminder!! My boss is getting constant reminders and is not happy! I have to change it every single time. Major flaw in program that you cannot default to NONE

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