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- The popup reminder window is automatically displayed when
enabled for a task
- The Preview button in the popup reminder settings can be used to see how the
popup reminder will appear.
- The Recent
Reminders window can be used to redisplay previously
snoozed or dismissed popup reminders.
The popup reminder window is displayed to remind you of
upcoming or past-due events and tasks. Popup reminders can be
configured in the Event Editor
and Task Editor windows.
- Reminders can have associated content, such as a
picture, song, video, or web page. They can also show the
complete event description or task details, which can
contain formatted text, links to files or websites,
pictures, and more.
- Reminders can recite the event or task details, using
text-to-speech voice synthesis. This can be useful if you're
away from your computer but within hearing distance. It can
also be helpful for anyone that has vision problems.
- By default, all reminders will be combined and listed in
one instance of the popup reminder window. You can choose to
display individual reminders in separate popup reminder
windows via a Reminder Option.
- When multiple reminders are displayed, you can select a
reminder by clicking its row in the list. The selected and
currently displayed reminder will be indicated with a black
- Depending on what content was selected to display for the
current reminder, the reminder content area of the window will
- If you'd like to make the content area larger or
smaller, you can resize the window. The content will
automatically resize to fill the available area. The
aspect ratio of pictures and videos will be preserved when
- The date format displayed for the Start Time is
controlled by a Calendar
- The initial placement of the popup reminder window can
also be controlled with a
Reminder Option. You can choose to have the window
initially docked to one of the corners of the screen, or it
can redisplay in a previous location.
- The visible columns, as well as whether the window
should always appear on top of other windows, can be
adjusted in the
When a reminder comes due, the reminder window will display
and the reminder will be selected in the list for display.
there are other reminders due, they will also be listed and
automatically sorted by starting date and time. Or, if the
Reminder Option has been
set to display reminders in separate windows, only the
reminder associated with the window will be listed.
- You can switch
to displaying a different reminder by selecting it from the
list, if applicable. The actively displayed reminder will be
indicated with an arrow to the left of the reminder's
name in the list.
- Each reminder in the list will be formatted to match the
appearance of its associated event or task.
- If you double-click an event or task in the list, it
will be opened in the Event Editor
or Task Editor, where additional details can be viewed or
The reminder list contains the following columns.
These columns can be turned on or off via the
You can sort reminders by clicking one of these column headers:
- Title - The title of the associated
event or task.
- Calendar - The calendar of the associated event
- Start Time - The time
the event is scheduled to begin or the task is due. If the event is
all-day, or if the task doesn't have an associated time, only the date will display. Otherwise, both
the date and time will be shown.
- Due In - The amount of time left until
the event begins or the task is due. If the current time is
past when the event started or the task was due, this will
indicate the item is overdue. When an item is due in less than a minute, the Due In column will
show a second-by-second countdown.
Reminder With Event Description
Below is an example of a reminder that includes an event
description. If this reminder were for a task, the task details
would be displayed instead of the event description. In both
cases, the text is formatted as entered in the
Event Editor or
Task Editor, and any links
contained in the description can be clicked. Links to files or
other events, tasks, notes, and contacts will also be clickable.
In addition, the details can be printed, copied to the Windows
clipboard, or emailed, using the buttons below the detail text.
Below is an example of a reminder that includes a picture.
You can optionally specify a song or wav file to play along with the picture
when defining the event or task. In this example, a song is also
included. The controls for adjusting the song playback are
at the bottom of the picture.
Below is an example of a reminder that plays a video. The
video will start as soon as the reminder is activated. You can
use the playback controls at the bottom of the video to pause or skip to a different
part of the video.
Web Page Reminder
Below is an example of a reminder that has an embedded web
page. The web page can be navigated just as you would in a
normal browser. You can click links or right-click to
browse forward or back. This type of reminder can be useful if
you do online banking and have bill reminders.
Adjusting Reminder List Height
By default, up to 4 reminders will fit in
the reminder list without needing to scroll. The list height
can be adjusted to make room for more reminders. Or, if you
seldom have multiple reminders, the list height can be
decreased to make the window smaller. To adjust the list
height, click and drag the bottom border. The height will be
remembered and used whenever the popup reminder window is
- Reminders can be snoozed by clicking the Snooze button.
- When the mouse is hovered over the Snooze button, a
popup balloon will appear showing
when the reminder will be displayed again, if snoozed with
the currently selected snooze duration.
- You can select a different snooze duration from the
drop-down list. You can also type in your own custom snooze
length, using any number of minutes, hours, days, weeks, or
months. The maximum snooze length is 12 months.
- After snoozing a reminder, it will be added to the
window, along with when the reminder will be displayed
again. You can redisplay the reminder, without waiting for
the snooze time to be reached, by selecting the reminder and
clicking the Redisplay button the
Recent Reminders window.
You can also undo snoozing via the Undo command on the
- If there are multiple reminders displayed, you can
choose to snooze them all by clicking the Snooze All button.
- Reminders can be dismissed by clicking the Dismiss
- Recently dismissed reminders will be displayed in the
Recent Reminders window. If you
accidentally dismiss a reminder and would like to re-enable
it, you can select the reminder and click the Redisplay button in the
Recent Reminders window.
You can also undo dismissing a reminder by using the Undo
command on the Edit menu. The
reminder will immediately re-appear.
- The events and tasks for dismissed reminders will be automatically
marked as completed if the corresponding
program option is set.
- If there are multiple reminders displayed, you can
choose to dismiss them all by clicking the Dismiss All
- After being dismissed, the reminder won't be displayed
again, unless its for a recurring event or repeating task,
in which case it will display before the next occurrence.
- You can view and modify the event or task associated with the
selected reminder by clicking the Open Item button. Events will be opened in the
Event Editor and tasks in the
Task Editor. Note that this won't dismiss
the reminder. Any changes made to the event or task will be
reflected in the reminder window automatically.
Opening and Deleting
- The event or task associated with the displayed or selected
reminder can be opened or deleted.
- To open or delete an event or task, click the provided button.
If the desired command is not reflected in the button's
label, you can click the down arrow and select either Open
- When deleting an event or task, you will be prompted to confirm
deletion. The reminder will be removed from the list and the
popup reminder window will be closed if there was only one
reminder listed. If you accidentally delete an event or
task, the deletion can be undone using the Undo command on
the Edit menu.