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Reminder popups - emulating old Outlook 2000 behaviour where reminders come in indivual boxes? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've been one of those very long-time Outlook users that still misses features in Outlook 2000 - because they worked!  Like the days when popup windows were individual and not all lumped in together, as one example.  Yes, I do understand the appeal of having them all in one but when you have a gazillion reminders/popups, contrary to what you might think, it's easier to deal with and control individual boxes.

    Is there a way to overcome what became, to me, a weakness in Outlook?

    Can we somehow do something that will have reminders popup in their own windows again.  Or is there a way to help signal important messages for folks that already have a lot of reminder popups without using forms (no experience with those) or without using a script that will lock up Outlook until you click an OK button?  I did find an easy script but it halts all Outlook functions until you press that button.  It is just not a viable solution.

    Thank you for your kind in advance!

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 10:48 PM

Answers

  • There is no trivial way to get the job done.

    You need to supress the built-in reminder window and show your own window. You may find the following Reminders' events helpful:

    BeforeReminderShow - it is fired before the Reminder dialog box is displayed. The Cancel parameter allows to cancel the event. There is no info about the event. You need to find it manually.

    ReminderFire - it is fired before the reminder is executed. An instance of the Reminder object that has been executed is passed as a parameter.

    The Application class provides the Reminder event which is fired immediately before a reminder is displayed. The AppointmentItem, MailItem, ContactItem, or TaskItem associated with the reminder is passed as a parameter.


    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:08 AM

All replies

  • There is no trivial way to get the job done.

    You need to supress the built-in reminder window and show your own window. You may find the following Reminders' events helpful:

    BeforeReminderShow - it is fired before the Reminder dialog box is displayed. The Cancel parameter allows to cancel the event. There is no info about the event. You need to find it manually.

    ReminderFire - it is fired before the reminder is executed. An instance of the Reminder object that has been executed is passed as a parameter.

    The Application class provides the Reminder event which is fired immediately before a reminder is displayed. The AppointmentItem, MailItem, ContactItem, or TaskItem associated with the reminder is passed as a parameter.


    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:08 AM
  • Hi SGFan,

    What’s version of your outlook? For outlook 2013, the reminders are in a pop-up window.

    Regards

    Starain


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    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:01 AM
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  • Starain,

    Try to re-read the initial post anew. Pay special attention to the following sentence:

    > Like the days when popup windows were individual and not all lumped in together


    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:11 AM
  • There is no trivial way to get the job done.

    You need to supress the built-in reminder window and show your own window. You may find the following Reminders' events helpful:

    BeforeReminderShow - it is fired before the Reminder dialog box is displayed. The Cancel parameter allows to cancel the event. There is no info about the event. You need to find it manually.

    ReminderFire - it is fired before the reminder is executed. An instance of the Reminder object that has been executed is passed as a parameter.

    The Application class provides the Reminder event which is fired immediately before a reminder is displayed. The AppointmentItem, MailItem, ContactItem, or TaskItem associated with the reminder is passed as a parameter.


    Thank you, Eugene!!  A lot of this is Chinese to me so it's time to go studying!  I'm only a power user!  But thanks.  At least there seems to be something we can do to get back some old behaviour as you outright didn't say it couldn't be done <lol>.

    I'll report back.

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:23 PM