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Outlook 2010 : How to Turn off reminders

Microsoft Outlook can remind users about meetings and to do tasks. It pops up a small window which shows the meeting/task description and also plays sound. We can disable reminders in Outlook 2010 by changing the options. Let’s see how we can do this.

  • Click on File menu.(or press Alt-F) Outlook 2010 options
  • Click on Options
  • Go to Advanced tab

Outlook 2010 reminder settings

  • Uncheck the button ‘Show reminders
  • If you want reminders but do not want the audio to be played then uncheck the button ‘play reminder sound’

How to change audio file played for reminders

Open the advanced options as shown above. Click on the browse button opposite to the ‘play reminder sound’ check button and point to the audio file you want to be played whenever there is reminder.

Turn off Outlook reminders using registry key

To disable reminders you need to create the following registry key and set its value to

Registry key name: Type (REG_DWORD)
Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookoptionsReminder
Data: 0

From Windows command line you can run the below command to set the value to 0.
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookoptionsReminders" /v Type /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

To disable reminder sound you need to set the below registry key to 0.

Registry key: PlaySound (REG_DWORD)
Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookoptionsReminder
Data to be set: 0.

reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0OutlookoptionsReminders" /v PlaySound /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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