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Outlook Calendar Tip of the Week

Contributed by Tony Tabone on 12/01/13 

Turn Off Default Event Reminders

Your Outlook calendar can remind you of upcoming meetings and appointments at a set interval before the event.  The default setting for new appointments and meetings is a fifteen minute reminder before the actual event time.  If you would like to disable the default reminder for new events on your calendar, you can turn this function off in Outlook's calendar settings.  

  • In Outlook 2010 for Windows, simply open the "File" tab, click Options>Calendar and deselect the "Default Reminders" checkbox.  
  • In Outlook 2011 for Mac, simply click "Outlook" in the menu bar, click Preferences>Calendar and deselect the "Default Reminder" checkbox.  
  • In Outlook Web App (myhome), simply click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the web app window and click options>settings>calendar to access the default reminder settings.   

Note: If your default reminder is disabled you can still add a reminder to events that you create by selecting a reminder interval in the new meeting/appointment window.  


Every week, ITS provides a tip or trick for using the Outlook Calendar.  Training on Outlook Calendar is available in the Technology Learning Center (Friends Hall 101).  

  • To see the schedule and register for workshops, click here.
  • If your department or group is interested in a closed-session workshop on Outlook Calendar, please complete and submit this form.
  • To request one to one training with a TLC Training Specialist, please complete and submit this form.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Tony Tabone at or (607) 274-1045. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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