Outlook 2010: How To Change the Default Reminder for Appointments

Pop-up reminders are a nice feature of calendar appointments in Outlook 2010. By default, appointment reminders pop-up 15 minutes prior to the start of an appointment. For me, this normally isn’t enough time so let’s review how to change the default to a more reasonable time.

Open Outlook 2010 and Click File >> Options

Outlook 2010 - File, Options

Click the Calendar Tab and under Calendar options, adjust the default reminders from 15 minutes to your desired time.

Outlook 2010 Calendar Options

I hate being late for appoints which is why I personally set 1 hour as my default on all Outlook installs.




  1. Cathy Palmer

    January 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. I actually wanted to turn OFF all automatic reminders, and using your steps, I got to the spot where I could figure out how to do that.
    thanks again

  2. Dean

    February 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks, this only affects meetings created by you… is there any way to change the default reminder for meetings created by others and accepted by you?

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