Hidden Outlook reminders

Discussion in 'Using Outlook' started by Lindsay Graham, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Lindsay Graham

    Lindsay Graham

    Guest
    My wife has Outlook 2003 under Windows XP. When she had Outlook 2000

    (or 2002, I'm not sure), each reminder arrived in its own pop-up window,

    but in Outlook 2003, they appear only in the taskbar (and therefore tend

    not to get noticed) and several reminders are grouped together. I've

    read all the recent threads on this topic, and share the frustration of

    those who just cannot understand why MS would remove the option to have

    pop-up reminders.

    In several threads, jmaxon wrote:

    "This is annoying me as well. It appears to be an issue with Windows 7

    (Win7), not Outlook. By default, Win7 combines the taskbar buttons. By

    doing so the Reminder gets embedded into the "grouping" behind the

    Outlook icon. This makes the reminder difficult to notice.

    "If you change the "Taskbar buttons" setting under the "Taskbar and

    Start Menu Properties" to "Never combine," then the grouping separates

    and the reminder pops-up in front of whatever else you have open.

    "I'm hoping that Microsoft comes up with a fix for this, as I'm sure

    more and more people are going to become annoyed."

    Is there a similar solution in Outlook 2003/Win XP?

    Lindsay Graham

    Canberra, Australia
  2. Lindsay Graham

    Lindsay Graham

    Guest
    On 23 Feb 2010 at 12:30, Lindsay Graham wrote:
    > My wife has Outlook 2003 under Windows XP. When she had Outlook 2000
    > (or 2002, I'm not sure), each reminder arrived in its own pop-up window,
    > but in Outlook 2003, they appear only in the taskbar (and therefore tend
    > not to get noticed) and several reminders are grouped together. I've
    > read all the recent threads on this topic, and share the frustration of
    > those who just cannot understand why MS would remove the option to have
    > pop-up reminders.

    > In several threads, jmaxon wrote:
    > "This is annoying me as well. It appears to be an issue with Windows 7
    > (Win7), not Outlook. By default, Win7 combines the taskbar buttons. By
    > doing so the Reminder gets embedded into the "grouping" behind the
    > Outlook icon. This makes the reminder difficult to notice.

    > "If you change the "Taskbar buttons" setting under the "Taskbar and
    > Start Menu Properties" to "Never combine," then the grouping separates
    > and the reminder pops-up in front of whatever else you have open.

    > "I'm hoping that Microsoft comes up with a fix for this, as I'm sure
    > more and more people are going to become annoyed."

    > Is there a similar solution in Outlook 2003/Win XP?

    > Lindsay Graham
    > Canberra, Australia


    I've had no replies to this post, but I have done quite a bit of

    research, which unfortunately seems to indicate that there is no

    workaround for this Outlook deficiency. I've seen a *lot* of people

    complaining about Microsoft's decision to change from pop-up to taskbar.

    Has anyone here heard of a workaround? -- I guess I thought the change

    had been so unpopular that someone would have found a way to bring back

    the pop-up option.

    In the absence of a workaround, what is the best way to get the message

    through to Microsoft in the hope that they will do something about it?

    Here's hoping.

    Lindsay
  3. barry

    barry

    Guest
    Does anyone from Microsoft read these issues? What is the workaround for

    this? Will this issue be fixed?

    I'm tired of missing meetings/conf calls because the reminders are not

    working. I guess they are "working" but are hidden behind windows... thus

    I'm not reminded.

    This is VERY poor design.

    "Lindsay Graham" wrote:


    > On 23 Feb 2010 at 12:30, Lindsay Graham wrote:
    > > My wife has Outlook 2003 under Windows XP. When she had Outlook 2000
    > > (or 2002, I'm not sure), each reminder arrived in its own pop-up window,
    > > but in Outlook 2003, they appear only in the taskbar (and therefore tend
    > > not to get noticed) and several reminders are grouped together. I've
    > > read all the recent threads on this topic, and share the frustration of
    > > those who just cannot understand why MS would remove the option to have
    > > pop-up reminders.
    > > In several threads, jmaxon wrote:
    > > "This is annoying me as well. It appears to be an issue with Windows 7
    > > (Win7), not Outlook. By default, Win7 combines the taskbar buttons. By
    > > doing so the Reminder gets embedded into the "grouping" behind the
    > > Outlook icon. This makes the reminder difficult to notice.
    > > "If you change the "Taskbar buttons" setting under the "Taskbar and
    > > Start Menu Properties" to "Never combine," then the grouping separates
    > > and the reminder pops-up in front of whatever else you have open.
    > > "I'm hoping that Microsoft comes up with a fix for this, as I'm sure
    > > more and more people are going to become annoyed."
    > > Is there a similar solution in Outlook 2003/Win XP?
    > > Lindsay Graham
    > > Canberra, Australia


    > I've had no replies to this post, but I have done quite a bit of
    > research, which unfortunately seems to indicate that there is no
    > workaround for this Outlook deficiency. I've seen a *lot* of people
    > complaining about Microsoft's decision to change from pop-up to taskbar.

    > Has anyone here heard of a workaround? -- I guess I thought the change
    > had been so unpopular that someone would have found a way to bring back
    > the pop-up option.

    > In the absence of a workaround, what is the best way to get the message
    > through to Microsoft in the hope that they will do something about it?

    > Here's hoping.

    > Lindsay
    > .
    >
  4. Bob I

    Bob I

    Guest
    Answer to the first question is no, this is a public newsgroup populated

    by users helping users. If you want to find out directly what Microsoft

    has to say you will need to contact their tech support.

    barry wrote:


    > Does anyone from Microsoft read these issues? What is the workaround for
    > this? Will this issue be fixed?

    > I'm tired of missing meetings/conf calls because the reminders are not
    > working. I guess they are "working" but are hidden behind windows... thus
    > I'm not reminded.

    > This is VERY poor design.



    > "Lindsay Graham" wrote:

    >
    > >On 23 Feb 2010 at 12:30, Lindsay Graham wrote:
    > >
    > >>My wife has Outlook 2003 under Windows XP. When she had Outlook 2000
    > >>(or 2002, I'm not sure), each reminder arrived in its own pop-up window,
    > >>but in Outlook 2003, they appear only in the taskbar (and therefore tend
    > >>not to get noticed) and several reminders are grouped together. I've
    > >>read all the recent threads on this topic, and share the frustration of
    > >>those who just cannot understand why MS would remove the option to have
    > >>pop-up reminders.
    > >
    >>>In several threads, jmaxon wrote:
    > >>"This is annoying me as well. It appears to be an issue with Windows 7
    > >>(Win7), not Outlook. By default, Win7 combines the taskbar buttons. By
    > >>doing so the Reminder gets embedded into the "grouping" behind the
    > >>Outlook icon. This makes the reminder difficult to notice.
    > >
    >>>"If you change the "Taskbar buttons" setting under the "Taskbar and
    > >>Start Menu Properties" to "Never combine," then the grouping separates
    > >>and the reminder pops-up in front of whatever else you have open.
    > >
    >>>"I'm hoping that Microsoft comes up with a fix for this, as I'm sure
    > >>more and more people are going to become annoyed."
    > >
    >>>Is there a similar solution in Outlook 2003/Win XP?
    > >
    >>>Lindsay Graham
    > >>Canberra, Australia

    >
    >>I've had no replies to this post, but I have done quite a bit of
    > >research, which unfortunately seems to indicate that there is no
    > >workaround for this Outlook deficiency. I've seen a *lot* of people
    > >complaining about Microsoft's decision to change from pop-up to taskbar.
    >
    >>Has anyone here heard of a workaround? -- I guess I thought the change
    > >had been so unpopular that someone would have found a way to bring back
    > >the pop-up option.
    >
    >>In the absence of a workaround, what is the best way to get the message
    > >through to Microsoft in the hope that they will do something about it?
    >
    >>Here's hoping.
    >
    >>Lindsay
    > >.
    > >
  5. Diane Poremsky

    Diane Poremsky

    Senior Member
    In Outlook 2003 and later the reminders are in a single window. The reminder

    window comes up on the screen but doesn't always take focus if you are busy

    in another program - most users find it annoying when the reminder comes up

    as they are typing.

    If you want the reminder window to come up on the screen, you need to have

    the reminder window in the background, not minimized. When its minimized, it

    will only flash on the task bar.

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    "barry" <barry@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    news:68624222-DE84-4DC3-96C5-6554D3386B43@microsoft.com...
    > Does anyone from Microsoft read these issues? What is the workaround for
    > this? Will this issue be fixed?

    > I'm tired of missing meetings/conf calls because the reminders are not
    > working. I guess they are "working" but are hidden behind windows... thus
    > I'm not reminded.

    > This is VERY poor design.



    > "Lindsay Graham" wrote:
    >
    > > On 23 Feb 2010 at 12:30, Lindsay Graham wrote:
    > > > My wife has Outlook 2003 under Windows XP. When she had Outlook 2000
    > > > (or 2002, I'm not sure), each reminder arrived in its own pop-up
    > > > window,
    > > > but in Outlook 2003, they appear only in the taskbar (and therefore
    > > > tend
    > > > not to get noticed) and several reminders are grouped together. I've
    > > > read all the recent threads on this topic, and share the frustration of
    > > > those who just cannot understand why MS would remove the option to have
    > > > pop-up reminders.
    > >> > In several threads, jmaxon wrote:
    > > > "This is annoying me as well. It appears to be an issue with Windows 7
    > > > (Win7), not Outlook. By default, Win7 combines the taskbar buttons. By
    > > > doing so the Reminder gets embedded into the "grouping" behind the
    > > > Outlook icon. This makes the reminder difficult to notice.
    > >> > "If you change the "Taskbar buttons" setting under the "Taskbar and
    > > > Start Menu Properties" to "Never combine," then the grouping separates
    > > > and the reminder pops-up in front of whatever else you have open.
    > >> > "I'm hoping that Microsoft comes up with a fix for this, as I'm sure
    > > > more and more people are going to become annoyed."
    > >> > Is there a similar solution in Outlook 2003/Win XP?
    > >> > Lindsay Graham
    > > > Canberra, Australia

    >
    >> I've had no replies to this post, but I have done quite a bit of
    > > research, which unfortunately seems to indicate that there is no
    > > workaround for this Outlook deficiency. I've seen a *lot* of people
    > > complaining about Microsoft's decision to change from pop-up to taskbar.
    >
    >> Has anyone here heard of a workaround? -- I guess I thought the change
    > > had been so unpopular that someone would have found a way to bring back
    > > the pop-up option.
    >
    >> In the absence of a workaround, what is the best way to get the message
    > > through to Microsoft in the hope that they will do something about it?
    >
    >> Here's hoping.
    >
    >> Lindsay
    > > .
    > >
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