Outlook calendar and task reminders do not pop up in outlook in 2003 and 2010


This article explains the steps to validate the Outlook Reminder settings and to address issues with reminders not being popped up in your outlook. Please read the below article to know the steps to confirm your Outlook reminder settings and to repair a corrupted reminder file on your computer.

Here, I have tried to give solution or troubleshooting steps for two versions of Outlook (2007 and 2010) when a user does not get reminders in the outlook. It becomes quite crucial when users miss important reminders regarding their meeting and becomes difficult for them to manager time at office if outlook reminders option does not work properly. This has been found out to be one of the most common scenarios reported by especially by the top level employees whose each and minute is very important and outlook calendar options need to work smoothly for them.


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This article would also help the employees working in Technical Helpdesk department to help users when they don't get the proper troubleshooting steps while the user is on call. I am trying my best to make their job easy. Please find below the defined steps and the best practices practised by the top professionals in MNCs. I have given the steps for two two versions 2003 and 2010. This would also help the ones preparing for interview as I have tried to make it look very simple and effective.

Outlook 2010: Verifying or Changing Outlook Reminder Settings:



Step 1 Open Outlook 2010

Step 2 Click the File tab.

Step 3 Click Options.

Step 4 Click Calendar.

Step 5 To turn default reminders on or off for all new appointments or meetings, under Calendar options, select or clear the Default reminders check box.

Step 6 If you select the check box, enter how long before the appointment or meeting when you want the reminder to appear up to two weeks in advance depending on your personal preference.

Outlook 2010: Calendar or Task Reminders Failing to appear



Step 1 Verify Outlook reminders are turned on with the steps listed above.

Step 2 Close Outlook

Step 3 Go to the Start Menu and click in the Search Programs and Files Box

Step 4 Copy and paste the following command into the search box and hit enter on your keyboard:

"c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe" /cleanreminders

Step 5 After running the command, Outlook should automatically open and your reminders should start appearing again

Note: Paths that include spaces between words must be enclosed in quotation marks (") and are case sensitive.



Outlook 2003 Verifying or Changing Outlook Reminder Settings:



Step 1 Open Outlook

Step 2 On the Tools menu, click Options.

Step 3 Click the Other tab, and then click Advanced Options.

Step 4 Click Reminder Options.

Step 5 Select or clear the Display the reminder check box.

Step 6 If you display reminders, select or clear the Play reminder sound check box, and then, if you want, enter the path of a sound file.

Outlook 2003 Calendar or Task Reminders Failing to appear:



Step 1 Verify Outlook reminders are turned on with the steps listed above.

Step 2 Close Outlook

Step 3 Go to the Start Menu and select Run

Step 4 Copy and paste the following command into the Run Box and hit enter on your keyboard:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe" /Cleanreminders

Step 5 After running the command, Outlook should automatically open and your reminders should start appearing again.

Note: Paths that include spaces between words must be enclosed in quotation marks (") and are case sensitive.



Hope this helps.


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Comments

Guest Author: PB29 Jan 2014

For me another solution worked!Right click on taskbar - properties - taskbar buttons - never combine. Then set an appointment and wait for the alert to appear in the taskbar. Now right click on the alert in the taskbar - unpin from taskbar. Now the alerts window will pop up again in front of everything!

Guest Author: ST25 Mar 2014

Thanks a lot "Guest Author" since your very simple on top of that) solution fixed the issue for me.
I had first found, on another forum, a vba script that was working too but it was way to difficult to implement in our Company because of the high security level applied to Outlook.

Guest Author: Jonathan Junkins08 Mar 2015

I downloaded a free program called Outlook Reminders On Top (from www.radaker.com) that also seems to work. My meeting reminders always appear on top of other windows now.



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