Friday, October 1, 2010

Undismissing dismissed reminders


By Joe Dolittle

Reader Markus Keller asks:

It sometimes happens to me that, when the focus of my desktop is on the wrong window, I mistakenly dismiss reminders in the Outlook reminders window.
In such cases it's almost impossible to find out, which reminder I unconsciously dismissed.
Do you have any clue on how I could find out about that?

So, you know that old joke, where a patient comes in and says, "Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I (fill in the blank)"? The doctor replies, "Don't do that". Then, everyone has a nice little guffaw.

My first (and probably least helpful) answer to Markus is to not dismiss reminders. Dismissing reminders tells Outlook that the reminders aren't needed or have been handled. They are, therefore, no longer reminders.

Depending on how the reminders were scheduled, though, there might be an answer. If reminders were scheduled as appointments (rather than as tasks), it is possible to go to the Calendar view and look at upcoming events. This would be my best recommendation.

Bottom line: if you regularly mistakenly dismiss reminders, try not to do so. But if you think you're going to, schedule them as events rather than as tasks.

Now, take two aspirin and call someone in the morning.