Outlook 2007 Meeting Reminders Don't Pop up in the middle of the screen in Windows 7

Since upgrading to Windows 7, I've missed at least ten meetings (or have shown up 10 minutes late to them) because of the Windows 7 window grouping feature (which I normally love, by the way).

In Windows XP, the appointment announcements used to appear right in the center of the screen, on top of other windows when it was time to join a meeting, but Windows 7's flashing icon in the taskbar is not helpful at all.  If you're actively working on a document, you're not going to constantly check your taskbar for meetings that upcoming/overdue.

The problem is widespread, many of my colleagues are also complaining about this.  Although it may seem intuitive to MS that people are constantly checking their taskbar, this is NOT the case for everyone, particularly those who have documents open and are actively focusing their attention on them.  The flashing icon in the taskbar is useless.

I am SO tired of my boss pinging me on MSN messenger to tell me that I'm late for our meetings.  Can you please fix this?  The problem is bad and widespread enough that third parties are writing programs to try to fix this annoying behavior!

 

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Last updated February 12, 2019 Views 49,360 Applies to:
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No, there is no solution from MS, other than not minimizing the reminder window. In some cases, not using an application at full screen might help - but it really depends on the applications you are using.

Deskpins will pin the reminder window on top - it's a small windows app that is not an outlook addin. http://www.snapfiles.com/get/deskpins.html  - plus there is reminder alerts - http://www.moreproductivenow.com/reminder_alerts.htm 

Diane Poremsky [Outlook MVP]
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There is an application called 'Growl' that can be installed on Windows and pops up alerts above the system tray / notification area in the lower right of your screen.  Someone has written an Outlook 2007 plugin that can be installed with Growl to enable system tray notifications (lots of customization options) when an outlook reminder occurs.  It works well - Google 'Growl for Windows' and you'll find the Growl installer and the Outlook plugin.  However, the plugin has not been updated to work with Outlook 2010.

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