When you create an Outlook task, you can also set a reminder to alert you visually and audibly at a specified time. When you set the reminder, Outlook defaults to 8:00 AM. Most of us are going to use a variety of time values, so the default is irrelevant.
If you routinely use the same time for reminders, you can save yourself a few clicks by changing the default, as follows:
- Click the File menu.
- Choose Options under Help.
- Click Tasks in the left pane.
- In the Task Options section, click the Default Reminder Time dropdown.
- Choose the new time.
- Click OK.
It's not a huge change, but lots of small changes add up over the run of a day. Fortunately, customizing Outlook is easy, most of the time.
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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.