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Outlook's "Desktop Alert" feature is too slow! How can I speed it up?

Everyone and their brother has asked how to make the "desktop alerts" stay on the screen longer.  I want to know how to get it to show up earlier?

Let me explain briefly:  I typically will receive an email (mail check set for 1 minute) and I will often read, reply, and delete the email before I get my desktop alert!  It usually comes around 30 seconds after I get the email.  This is annoying and frustrating when the desktop alert comes and I have already moved on to other things.  Perpetually I am saying "I already dealt with that email, why are you alerting me after the fact?"

So I want to have the desktop alert show up as soon as I receive the email.  I checked the registry key and there is only opacity setting and I have only found the TimeOn key to make it stay longer.  Anyone know of a setting/key that would affect the delay time?
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David LeeCommented:
Greetings, choekstr.

I remember reading somewhere, can't find where that was right now, that desktop alert is tied to how busy the computer is at the time.  If it's busy, then I believe Outlook holds up the alert.  The idea being that most folks would be disctracted by alerts appearing while they are busy typing something.  I cannot find any reference in any of my Outlook material to a setting that controls this.

Cheers!
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choekstrAuthor Commented:
I thought this might be the case and just this week I setup my new dual core machine with an abundance of ram and hoped this might be the case as well.  It didn't make a difference on the alert time which is what prompted me to search and eventually ask of my peers here at EE.

Thanks for the dialog!
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David LeeCommented:
choekstr,

I don't believe it's the actual resources on the machine that's the issue.  I think it's whether the computer is busy in the sense of keyboard and mouse activity.  If it were based on CPU availability or free memory, then an underpwoered machine might never get an alert.  I believe the intent is to detect whether the person at the computer is actively doing something and avoid too many pop ups if they are.  
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choekstrAuthor Commented:
Agreed.  It seems to always be 30 or 45 seconds (never timed it) late and it is pretty much useless when it shows up way after you hear the ding, see the email in your inbox, feel your phone vibrate.  

It sure would be nice to have it show up instantaneously.
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David LeeCommented:
> It sure would be nice to have it show up instantaneously.
No argument there.
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choekstrAuthor Commented:
No solution has been found for this question.  Please refund points so I can ask at a later date.

Thanks,
Chris
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VenabiliCommented:
"You cannot change it" is the answer here...
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choekstrAuthor Commented:
What?  I finally saved up enough points to ask a question and someone says "I don't know" and they get all those points?  Gee, that seems like a good system.  </sarcasm>

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VenabiliCommented:
Nope, he said that he knows and this cannot be changed. Some things just cannot be changed
Up to the closing Mods though
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