Provide an option to set the Reminder pop-up to appear on top in Microsoft Outlook 2016
Provide an option to set the Reminder pop-up to appear on top in Microsoft Outlook 2016 to avoid missing any task or meeting.
This new option is now available for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Business, and Office 365 ProPlus customers on Monthly Channel (Version 1803 or newer). For subscription customers on one of the Semi-Annual Channels, this option will become available after upgrading to Version 1808.
From Outlook, you can turn this on using File > Options > Advanced. Look for the “Reminders” section and check the box next to “Show reminders on top of other windows”.
More information on which version of Outlook you are running here: https://support.office.com/article/what-office-365-business-product-or-license-do-i-have-f8ab5e25-bf3f-4a47-b264-174b1ee925fd
Ian Bennett commented
The whole point of reminders is to get your attention. Glowing task bar icons is not enough when you are engrossed in something, particularly when working with multiple screens.
Laura Laxton commented
Please have reminders display in front of other windows. I frequently am absorbed in a task that requires focus, so I don't see the tray flash or whatever, and I have been late to several meetings as a result. THAT is far more inconvenient than having a window pop up in front of whatever I'm working on.
Linda Borders commented
After reading the comments below, I would like to add my suggestions to the list. Where I work at we live by our calendars and when neck deep in work, its extremely important that I see the calendar reminders!! Unlike others that are able to purchase a 3rd party app to do the job, we can't. The company controls what can and cannot be done with a company asset, like our desktop PCs. All software must be company approved and has been through testing for compatibility with all of our other software applications. Only a select few can even install a program on a PC. So we have to wait until Microsoft makes the solution available.
1. Go back to having the reminder to display in front of other apps.
a. Is there a way to do this but not to become the "active" window?
2. Display a floating reminder like new messages currently do. If this is done, make it large enough so it is seen!!
3. All options should have a user setting to control if they want to see it and for how long to display it.
So basically, give us the reminder in front, but also give us the settings to fully control how it behaves.
Dave H. commented
I don't understand why a multi-BILLION dollar company with thousands of top-notch software engineers has an Outlook team that is unable to come with a more elegant/creative/functional solution to address this problem.
After reading the below comments, I understand that the popup sometime causes undesirable consequences as I've also encountered them myself.
Just sitting here typing this comment, I've been able to come up with a few solutions:
1) Use a floating Meeting notificaiton alert like the Desktop Alert for new mail
2) Change Outlook's systray icon so it shows a triggered reminder by flashing and/or overlay with some indicator
3) Use a new systray icon for #2
4) Prevent reminder from appearing on top when full-screen application is running
Highlighting and flashing taskbar item is NOT effective as its meaning has been overloaded and users have been "trained" to ignore it thinking that it's just another application window event just like all other application windows.
Michelle Lenox commented
Agree with all comments below on making it an option. I work in many different applications windows, and getting a so called 'alert' that remains hidden defeats the purpose.
Almaz Thornton commented
I often forget to look at my calendar and miss meetings, despite the pop-up reminders. What would be even more effective is a way to pin the reminder or even the option to pin/somehow superimpose the entire calendar in the corner of my screen. that way it's always visible
I agree with the following comments, Please -
1 add to reminders settings.
2. Option for Display Always on top.
3. Option for leave focus on current application.
We should have the option to see or not see reminders, and to control the focus so any typing continues in the current screen.
It would also be good to have these and all related settings (sound for reminders) able to be found in one place. and also link them to themes so people who frequently do demos and presentations can swap between swap between pre-saved modes (eg a Demo theme and a desk-work theme)
I hate popups in general. Whenever you are typing a text in another window, the pop up comes up and you end up confirming or taking an action you didn't want to.
Ditto. What good is a reminder if it does not remind you? I have missed several items already thanks to Outlook 2016.
Hans Verbeek commented
Make calendar notifications pop up (over all other windows) and take focus again.
The current calendar notifications pop under (behind all windows) and this makes them easily missed and useless.
Georg D commented
Please only as an option, not as fixed standard - while giving a presentation or a demo it is quite disturbing if another window comes to front (and might reveal sensitive information as I simply cannot stop absolutely instantly while typing e.g. a password) or stays in front without option to push it to the background.
Jaked, Alex commented
Provide an option for Outlook Reminders to stay on top of all Windows in Microsoft Outlook 2016