Solved

What to do:  Outlook reminders pop up while typing, get dismissed accidentally

Posted on 2003-11-27
7
814 Views
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
The title about says it all.  I have many tasks an appointments set up with reminders.  Sometimes, reminders pop up every few minutes.  Because I keyboard a lot, I tend to be in the middle of typing when the reminder pops up.  If I happen to be pressing the space bar (which, as you can see, is every 4-5 characters on average), the reminder gets dismissed.

Short of closing Outlook while I'm working, is there any way to prevent this from happening?

Related question:  Am I weird, or has anyone else found this to be a problem?

-Van
0
Comment
Question by:vknowles
  • 3
7 Comments
 
LVL 49

Expert Comment

by:sunray_2003
ID: 9835584
Dear vknowles,

Reminder popup because it is basically reminding you of some event..

You might have put snooze or something .. check that

Thanks,
Sunray
0
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
slink9 earned 125 total points
ID: 9838264
This is because it pops up and takes focus.
This would seem to be a default action that can't be changed.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:vknowles
ID: 9841106
Hey, I know why it happens (i.e., popping up and taking the focus while I'm typing in another window).

Seems to me Microsoft would have provided an option to allow it to pop up and _not_ take the focus.  After all, they own the operating system.

Sunray, I tested this and what happens is if you press the space bar while the reminder is in focus, the reminder is dismissed.

So, maybe the answer is nothing can be done and I'm too picky because no one else seems to be bothered by this...

Thanks!

-Van
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:vknowles
ID: 9841109
(My "Thanks!" above is genuine, not sarcastic.)
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:vknowles
ID: 10586482
Hey, it's okay by me, although I am still mad at Microsoft for letting windows pop up and take the focus while you're doing something else.

Anyway, my brute-force solution was to just close Outlook.  I wrote a little DOS bat file that displays a reminder to open Outlook and see what's happening.  I put that into the Windows scheduler.  So, periodically a DOS window pops up and I stop what I'm doing and check Outlook -- and immediately close it again.

Geez.  It seems so basic, that the window with the focus should retain the focus until the _user_ decides to change it.  Fine to have certain windows pop up, but the focus should remain where it was!

End of tirade.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Is your Office 365 signature not working the way you want it to? Are signature updates taking up too much of your time? Let's run through the most common problems that an IT administrator can encounter when dealing with Office 365 email signatures.
Large Outlook files lead to various unwanted errors and corruption issues. Furthermore, large outlook files can also make Outlook take longer to start-up, search, navigate, and shut-down. So, In this article, i will discuss a method to make your Out…
To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…
CodeTwo Sync for iCloud (http://www.codetwo.com/sync-for-icloud?sts=6554) automatically synchronizes your Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 folders with iCloud folders available via iCloud Control Panel. This lets you automatically sync them with…

838 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question