In Outlook 2003 if you set up appointments in the Calendar, you’d get a reminder and bell a bell icon displayed by default. Here’s a tip on getting it back.
Remember back in Outlook 2003, when you had a scheduled appointment in your calendar, a reminder bell icon would be displayed and flash when it was time for your meeting? Well, Microsoft hasn’t had the bell enabled by default for several versions. Here’s how to get it back and get that “old school” feel back in Outlook 2010 and 2013.
Bring Back the Reminder Bell in Calendar
A reminder in Outlook 2003 would also pop up notifying you of the appointment by default.
You still will get a reminder pop-up when a meeting is ready in 2010 and 20013, but the bell icon doesn’t display on the Calendar.
Turn on the Calendar Reminder Bell
In either 2010 or 2013 go to File > Options > Calendar. Then scroll down to the Calendar Options section and check the box “Show bell icon on the calendar for appointments and meetings with reminders,” then remember to click OK to save the setting.
There you go! Now when you get a reminder from your calendar, you’ll see the familiar bell icon.
If you have an appointment-laden busy Outlook calendar, the bell icon helps you keep things organized at a glance.
Also, make sure to check out how to enable the Calendar Reminder sounds if those help you out too.