Outlook permits us to flag emails and add reminders to them meanwhile. If you find that the reminders don’t pop up properly, don’t panic. You can follow the 3 steps in this article to troubleshoot this issue.
As we all know, in Outlook, we can add a reminder to an important email simply by right clicking it and choose “Follow Up” > “Add Reminder”. This feature can add an email as a task to the To-Do Bar, which does help us a lot in our daily work. But in some conditions, this kind of reminders may malfunction as well. Here we will delve into this issue and provide the effective approaches.
Reminders for Outlook Emails Vary with Outlook Versions
The reminders for emails will make different effect depending on the varying Outlook versions. If you are using Outlook 2003 or older versions, only the reminders for the emails that are located in your Inbox folder can work as normal. That is to say, if you add reminders for the emails which are stored in other mail folders, like “Sent Items”, “Drafts” and so on, the reminders for emails won’t pop up. Outlook 2003 and previous versions are programmed with this feature. In comparison, if you are using Outlook 2007 and newer, there isn’t this kind of trouble any more. The newer versions can support reminders for any emails in any mail folders.
Confirm Which PST Files the Emails Are Stored in
Apart from different Outlook versions, the PST file where the emails are stored is also an important factor. By default, all Outlook versions only permit us to add reminders for the emails which reside in the default PST files. If you intend to add a reminder to an email in an additional PST file, like Archive PST files, you will definitely receive an alert, shown as the following screenshot. It is telling that no reminder support for this item in this folder.
Fortunately, Outlook 2007 and later indeed supports “reminders for additional PST files”. But this feature is just disabled. You can enable it manually. Follow the steps below:
- For a start, pitch on the PST file in the mail navigation pane.
- Right click it and select “Data File Properties” from the context menu.
- Next in the new dialog box, you can check the option “Display reminders and tasks from this folder in the To-Do Bar”.
- Lastly, click “OK” to activate the changes and back to Outlook main window.
Fix Broken Outlook Reminder Service
Provided that reminders for emails still cannot pop up even after applying the above means, it is likely that the Outlook reminder service is broken. You can restore it by “/cleanreminders” command.
- At the outset, go to “Start Menu” and type “exe /cleanreminders” in search box.
- After the program turn up, press “Enter” button.
- Finally Outlook will start with resetting the current reminder status.
Deal with Frequent Outlook Errors
For regular users, Outlook errors are the common occurrence. On average, you can start from launching Outlook in safe mode, which can help you diagnose the root causes easily. Also, due to the fact that PST file corruption is often the main reason, you should procure a PST repair tool, like DataNumen Outlook Repair in vicinity.
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