How to Enable or Disable Outlook Reminders and Reminder Sounds

The steps for Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 are exactly the same when it comes to enabling and disabling reminder popups and sounds. Recently, a groovyReader asked us how to do this, so I figured I would take a few minutes and quickly go through the steps, including screenshots.

Start by opening Outlook 2010 or 2013 and Click File, Options.

Outlook Enable or Disable reminder sounds : Click File

Outlook Enable or Disable reminder sounds : Click Options

Click Advanced.

Outlook Enable or Disable reminder sounds : Click Advanced

Under Reminders, check the box to either enable or disable both Reminders and Reminder Sounds.

Outlook Enable or Disable reminder sounds : Check Boxes for options

Another groovy tip, customize the sound played by just clicking browse and selecting another sound file instead of reminder.wav.

Outlook Enable or Disable reminder sounds : Customize reminder Sounds

I took all the screenshots above using Outlook 2013 however, as I said above, the steps are exactly the same for Outlook 2010. If you run into a problem or question, just drop me a note in the comments below.



  1. Heather Maguire

    October 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I created a wav file from an itunes song. I have set it up in a task as the reminder sound but it is not working. I have checked the control panel settings and they are all fine. All other default sounds work. What am I doing wrong?

  2. Shaz

    May 14, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Reminders not popping up in Outlook 2013. I followed your instructions above. Both boxes were already checked…?

  3. Joyce Hollo

    July 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

    As Shaz above, settings were the same and already in place, but individual reminders don’t pop up. They only pop up intermittently as a list of usually overdue. Not separately as in all versions previously.

  4. Michael A. Metreger

    June 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Okay so I have Outlook 2010 and I want reminders to pop up when I have Outlook open. Although, when I have physically closed Outlook, out of the blue the reminder box with the reminder sound will open. I DON’T want this especially when I host Karaoke.

    So my question is, how do I leave the reminder box and sound on while Outlook is open but turn it off when Outlook is not open?

  5. David

    December 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    both reminder boxes are check (2013) but the sound has stopped. The only thing I haven’t done is restart my computer. I want the sounds back.

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