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#336255 - 19/08/2010 15:30 Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice?
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31137
Loc: Seattle, WA
Google-fu is weak for me today. Anyone know this one?

When Outlook notifies you of a meeting, you get a "Five Minutes Before Start" warning. That's the shortest notification option.

Then that five minute warning comes up, and I can easily get four minutes of work done before having to leave for a meeting. So I snooze it for another five minutes, and the next time I get a meeting notification, it's popping up after the meeting has already started.

How do I configure outlook so that it gives me a "1 minute before start" option on the snooze button?

Anyone know?
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#336256 - 19/08/2010 16:36 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: tfabris]
drakino
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Registered: 08/06/1999
Posts: 7868
Loc: Seattle, WA
Exchange and Outlook definitely support any time value, somehow. Went into iCal, changed a reminder to 2 minutes, and it was shown in Outlook. Couldn't find a way to enter it though in Outlook 2010. If I typed 2 into the box, it changed it to 2 hours.
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#336265 - 19/08/2010 20:39 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: drakino]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31137
Loc: Seattle, WA
Gotcha. The time I want to change isn't the reminder time for the meeting in the calendar, it's the snooze button time that I want to change.

Here's how it works:

- Manager assigns me a meeting using HIS calendar.
- By default I get 15 minutes' warning for the meeting.
- I like the 15 minutes' warning, it's a good thing, gives me a headsup.
- The meeting warning appears on my screen at 15 minutes before the meeting starts.
- The meeting warning screen contains a snoozebutton.
- The snoozebutton has a droplist saying how much do I snooze.
- I pick the shortest possible snooze option which is: FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MEETING STARTS.
- Meeting is held in a room that is about 20 seconds' walk down the hall. So five minutes is way overkill. I'm really busy: I could do four minutes more of work before having to actually get up and walk to the meeting.
- I get the five minute warning.
- The only snoozebutton option now for me "REMIND ME AGAIN, FIVE MINUTES FROM NOW".
- You see the problem here. Because I get the warning, and the warning is after T-minus five, then I want to snooze again, but the only snooze option is five minutes realtime, it means my next warning is after the meeting has already started.
- I frequently arrive one minute late to every meeting because of this.

How do I set the snoozebutton to "ONE MINUTE BEFORE MEETING STARTS"?
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#336270 - 19/08/2010 22:15 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: tfabris]
Robotic
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Registered: 06/04/2005
Posts: 2026
Loc: Seattle transplant
Use an alarm on your phone?
Set an egg timer?
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#336285 - 20/08/2010 12:49 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: tfabris]
Roger
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Registered: 18/01/2000
Posts: 5567
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Originally Posted By: tfabris
How do I configure outlook so that it gives me a "1 minute before start" option on the snooze button?


Configure Outlook, I don't know. You can just type a new number in there, though, I think.
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#336286 - 20/08/2010 13:12 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: Roger]
drakino
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Registered: 08/06/1999
Posts: 7868
Loc: Seattle, WA
Don't have a good answer myself, but I did find this amusing 404 page in a quick search:

http://www.windowsitpro.com/MicrosoftExchangeOutlook/?ArticleID=27433
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#336289 - 20/08/2010 19:01 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: Roger]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31137
Loc: Seattle, WA
Quote:
You can just type a new number in there, though, I think.


Really?

(tries)

HOLY COW YOU CAN TYPE SOMETHING IN THAT FIELD. IT'S NOT JUST A DROPDOWN LIST.

It works.

Dude.

I can't type "1 minute before start", it refuses that, but I can certainly type "4 minutes" and that works.

Jeez I can't believe I never tried typing in the box.

GAH.
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#336292 - 20/08/2010 19:28 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: tfabris]
Robotic
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Registered: 06/04/2005
Posts: 2026
Loc: Seattle transplant
I LOL'd
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#362104 - 27/06/2014 18:30 Re: Outlook question: Less than five minutes' notice? [Re: tfabris]
seika7
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Registered: 27/06/2014
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When you're typing in the Snooze field, the default unit is "hours" if you omit it. So if you highlight the field, type "1" and hit return, it will remind you in an hour, and if you type in .1 or .5 it will remind you in 6 or 30 minutes, respectively.

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