Friday, October 1, 2010

Turning off pesky reminders (and learning to live life)


By Joe Dolittle

Reader Joe DelPrete has a problem with reminders. Unlike most of our readers, who complain when reminders don't show up, Joe can't stand having reminders show up, even when he's told Outlook to leave him alone.

We have an easy answer, but first, his letter:

I am really not sure if this message will find you, but I figure it's worth a shot. You seem to be the experts about Outlook.

Well, I'm not sure it's possible to be an "expert," but we've certainly seen a lot and used a lot of profanity. Joe continues...

I just have one nagging issue with Outlook, maybe you could help me with.

Just one? Seriously? Good for you. Anyway, we digress...

I schedule many "Follow Ups" with my business contacts. I choose the "Custom" option, and fill in the boxes. I do not like the "Reminders" because I hate the pop ups, and choose to look at my tasks on a daily basis.
Anyhow, when I fill in the boxes for the Follow Up, there is a check box for reminders. I obviously don't check it, and press OK. Every time, it seems to automatically give it a reminder anyhow, as I see it with the bell icon in the Tasks. So I have to go back into it, uncheck the reminder box, that it seemed to check on its own, and then press OK. Then all is good.
But when you do this literally 100 times a day, that extra task gets to be very annoying.
Any advice ?

Yes, I do have some advice. Dude, you're working too hard. Don't schedule 100 tasks. Take a nap. Go to the beach. Kiss a girl. Get out more, buddy, you only have one life to live. Seriously, drink less coffee.

Jeez, overachievers.

Anyway, back to the question, this is an easy fix. Select Options from the Tools menu and on the first tab, select Task Options. Then turn off "Set reminders on tasks with due dates".

That should do you. Now, go for a walk or something. You're freaking me out here!